There are worries of oversupply of solar modules and a proliferation of LED manufacturers in China. But who cares when you're the one providing the equipment to make that oversupply happen?
Just yesterday, the company announced $91 million in orders from three customers in Asia for such furnaces. That follows a $218.9 million order from Guizhou Haotian Optoelectronics Technology, which -- based on my keen understanding of brand names -- probably won't become a household name in the U.S.
Proliferation of LEDs
As is the case in solar, the proliferation of manufacturers of LEDs isn't good news for Cree
But other equipment makers like Veeco Instruments
GT Solar's business can capitalize on increasing diversification through its sapphire segment. Polysilicon and PV dominated the company's $1.23 billion backlog to end 2010, and as orders for sapphire equipment come in, that reliance will diminish.
GT Solar's stock is back near its 52-week high, but I think the stock has much further to run. The stock's P/E ratio is just 10.5 and forward P/E stands at 7.9, even before you consider the fact the company has crushed estimates recently. That's why I have given GT Solar a thumb up on Motley Fool CAPS. What do you think about GT Solar?
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