Why Himax Technologies, Inc. Tanked on Tuesday

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What: Shares of Himax Technologies  (NASDAQ: HIMX  ) slumped 16% on Tuesday after Bank of America downgraded the flat-panel chip maker from buy to underperform.

So what: Along with the two-notch downgrade, analyst Dan Heyler slashed his price target to $12.50 (from $17.58), representing about 7% worth of downside to yesterday's close. So while contrarians might be attracted to the stock's sharp pullback in recent weeks, Heyler's call could reflect strengthening skepticism on Wall Street over Himax's true growth potential.

Now what: B of A lowered its 2014 and 2015 EPS estimate for Himax by about 23% and 18%, respectively. "[C]ompeting in a number of highly competitive markets so sharp margin expansion will be difficult without a sharp ramp in [Liquid-Crystal-on-Silicon]," Heyler cautioned investors. "Mgmt is likely to move forward with capacity expansion but may not be able to fill that capacity until 2015." When you couple that operating uncertainty with the stock's 30-plus P/E and highly volatile nature, conservative investors would probably do well to heed B of A's advice. 

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  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 1:27 PM, famousstocks wrote:

    Bank of America missed this one and searches a cheaper jump on the bandwagon, before google glass get sold to the public.

    I will load up himax as much as i can in the next days, maybe I get a price below 11$.

    That's not a buy recommendation, do your homework.

    patience is needed for 2 years at least.

    As I see all people running around starring on smartphones in the hand, google glass is a great relief.

  • Report this Comment On March 25, 2014, at 3:42 PM, DamekMW wrote:

    32x pe doesn't seem so expensive when one considers the forward multiples.

    Forward P/E (fye Dec 31, 2015): 13.27

    PEG Ratio (5 yr expected): 0.59

    cheap compared to a company like invn (comparing apples to apples)

    (I'm long both himx and invn. More than doubled my himx position today at $11.29)

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