I've been telling you for a while about Universal Display
Well, that launch is no longer a dim hope for the future. It's looking more like a certainty in a quarter or two.
OLED displays and lighting systems are finally ready to step into the marketplace in a big way. Manufacturing costs are dropping fast, and they'll plummet even faster when Universal partners like AU Optronics
Here, have some pudding -- 80-proof. The company just reported a massive increase in commercial revenue, to $1.4 million from $390,000 a year ago. That's a threefold rise, with sugar on top.
Of course, Mr. Market couldn't see past the dropping total revenue -- development contracts keep falling off the table -- so the stock is a little cheaper today. Universal Display is becoming a business for profit, rather than a development house for fancy science-fictiony technologies. All told, Universal lost $0.15 per share (down from last year's $0.16) on $2.1 million in revenue (down from $2.3 million).
Yes, these are small numbers, and Universal Display is a small company today. But it stands ready to kick off a revolution across multiple multibillion-dollar markets with super-thin, ultra-efficient, and even flexible digital displays. It's also devising lighting panels (under development for the U.S. Department of Defense) that can match the light output of a regular 100-watt bulb on a scant 17 watts of power -- all without warming up your carefully air-conditioned living room, and with more than 15 times the expected life of incandescent bulbs. GE
That's what a real Rule Breaker like Universal Display can do, and the fuse has been lit with a blowtorch. This company won't stay tiny and anonymous much longer. Stay on the sidelines at your own peril.
Fool contributor Anders Bylund is a longtime Universal Display shareholder, but holds no other position in any of the companies discussed here. You can check out Anders' holdings if you like, and Foolish disclosure makes sure that you're never in the dark.