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2012 Preview: American Superconductor

Travis Hoium
December 23, 2011

After a terrible 2011, there are a lot of questions heading into 2012 for American Superconductor (Nasdaq: AMSC  ) . Will the wind business make a comeback? Can the company make a dent in utility scale inverters? And, most importantly, will it survive?

Blowing in the breeze
The wind business used to be American Superconductor's bread and butter. But after everything that happened with Sinovel during 2011, the entire business is up in the air. During the calendar third quarter, wind revenues fell 85% to $13.4 million, and it's very uncertain how much that will improve in 2012.

Management will point to partnerships with Hyundai Heavy Industries and Doosan, among others, as positives, but I'm not sure h