It's sometimes annoying that the market doesn't let a good idea stay "your little secret" for too long. Legitimate quality gets noticed sooner or later, and if you wait too long to get aboard, the train will leave the station without you.
For instance, look at Rofin-SinarTechnologies
Judging by the company's update today, I'd say business is still no worse than "all right." Revenue was up an admittedly modest 4%, but impressive margin improvement transformed that 4% revenue growth into 45% reported operating income growth. Only solid operating leverage can spin straw to gold like that.
While I was a little disappointed to see that orders in the quarter lagged revenue, that's not entirely uncommon, and I don't regard it as a major negative. Looking at the sales breakdown, I'm not too surprised to see macro application sales down 7% -- it hasn't been the greatest of times for certain clients like automakers. But the 18% growth in micro was a nice counterbalance. Given the future opportunities in marking/etching, it wouldn't surprise me to see the micro side of the business continue to outpace the macro.
As was the case with II-VI
The fly in the ointment here might be valuation. You have to make some healthy guesses for future cash flow growth to reach attractive targets based upon discounted cash flow analysis. Then again, the company is growing, even as it produces a double-digit return on invested capital. That might not be reason enough to buy in, but it seems like a pretty good reason to hold on and see what happens.
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Fool contributor Stephen Simpson has no financial interest in any stocks mentioned (that means he's neither long nor short the shares).