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Why Ballard Power Systems Surged Today

By Brian D. Pacampara, CFA – Feb 26, 2014 at 4:05PM

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Is this meaningful? Or just another movement?

Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of fuel cell technologist Ballard Power Systems (BLDP -7.38%) soared 13% today after its quarterly results and outlook topped Wall Street expectations.

So what: The stock has skyrocketed during the past year on optimism over growing fuel-cell adoption, and today's Q4 results -- adjusted EBITDA swung to $0.2 million vs. a year-ago loss of $3.2 million as revenue climbed 5% -- coupled with upbeat guidance only reinforce that momentum. In fact, gross margin expanded 600 basis points sequentially to a solid 34%, suggesting that its cost structure and competitive position is improving in the process. 

Now what: Management now sees full-year revenue growth of about 30% on breakeven adjusted EBITDA. "The Company expects the positive growth trends in 2012 and 2013 to continue in 2014 with a similar trajectory, as Ballard continues to pursue its growth strategy for fuel cell product sales, engineering services and IP licensing," said Ballard in a statement. Of course, when you couple Ballard's still-speculative business model with the stock's red-hot stock price -- now up a whopping about 400% from its 52-week lows -- average investors would do well to stay on the sidelines. 

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