Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial power conversion products Advanced Energy Industries
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Advanced Energy's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Advanced Energy facts
|Headquarters (founded)||Fort Collins, Colo. (1981)|
|Market Cap||$638.3 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$527.4 million|
CEO Dr. Hans-Georg Betz (since 2005)
COO Yuval Wasserman (since 2009)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||(4%)|
|Cash/Debt||$140 million / $0|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Two months ago, DolonAltekar tapped Advanced Energy as a particularly potent pick: "Great company moving into a growing industry. Good cash flow, excellent growth."
Currently, Advanced Energy even sports a cheapish P/E of 7.6. That represents a discount to listed competitors such as Power-One (8.0), Siemens (15.3), and STEC (15.8).
CAPS member Notwage offered a balanced take on the stock:
- Solid fundamentals.
- Great industry prospects, continued accelerating growth in technology.
- Great discount to fair value.
- Solid past growth in sales, margins, EPS.
- Slower but strong growth prospects.
- Cyclical semiconductor industry is at the top today with strong sales and earnings. 2012 will likely see a pullback.
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