Investing in exciting but unproven companies can be frustrating -- especially during a recession. But the long-range rewards are worth all the short-term pain.
Longtime Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick Universal Display
The company sports operating expenses that are about three times as large as the incoming sales. Universal Display is banking on an exponential growth curve once OLED devices truly make it into the mainstream, and is scaling its infrastructure according to the demands of sudden, massive growth. That just hasn't happened yet -- but we're getting there.
In a field that has stayed in the Real Soon Now(tm) category for years, it's exciting to see that several of Universal Display's licensees and partners are finally bringing real OLED-based products to the shelves of Best Buy
The Samsung Impression cell phone, for example, is available through AT&T
According to market research firm DisplaySearch, only about $600 million worth of OLED gadgetry made its way to consumers worldwide last year. However, it also predicts that in five years the market should be about 10 times larger, fueled by larger television screens and wider acceptance in the small-screen gadget sector. Samsung has announced plans to sell serious 23-inch OLED displays in 2010, and Sony and LG Philips Display
So Universal Display is still frustrating to us shareholders, but that frustration will turn into monetary rewards in the next year or so -- and much larger rewards in the years after that initial burst. Did you know that OLED could replace every light bulb in the world for power savings and much longer replacement cycles?
Yeah. Huge growth opportunities await. They're just hard to see in Universal Display's financial reports these days.