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5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: FormFactor

By Brian D. Pacampara, CFA - Updated Apr 6, 2017 at 9:55PM

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Market-trouncing returns could be written in this five-star.

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, chip-testing equipment maker FormFactor (Nasdaq: FORM) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at FormFactor's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

FormFactor facts

Headquarters (founded) Livermore, Calif. (1993)
Market Cap $528.3 million
Industry Semiconductor equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $189.3 million
Management

CEO Thomas St. Dennis (since 2010)

CFO Richard DeLateur (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) (25.4%)
Cash/Debt $333.2 million / $0
Competitors

Advantest (NYSE: ATE)

Cascade Microtech (Nasdaq: CSCD)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,561 members who have rated FormFactor believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include fellow Fool Anders Bylund (TMFZahrim), who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and markofzorro.

Late last month, Anders tapped FormFactor as an upturning opportunity: "I liked the early gumption [CEO] St. Dennis showed two quarters ago, I like the improvements he's making to the company, and I totally get why FormFactor is a five-star CAPS stock today. This turnaround story is happening."

Currently, FormFactor even sports a cheapish price-to-book of 1.3. That represents a discount to other semiconductor service stocks such as Advantest (2.0), Cascade (1.4), and Kulicke & Soffa (Nasdaq: KLIC) (2.6).

CAPS member markofzorro expands on FormFactor as a stock priced for imperfection:

The turn around team seems headed in the right direction. Its a solid product and demand should grow much faster than that for chips.

Plenty of risks: that the turnaround fails, that companies postpone new computer purchases, that PCs and personal hardware demand suddenly falls and stays down.

That said, the stock is cheap now.

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Stocks Mentioned

FormFactor, Inc. Stock Quote
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$41.67 (-1.61%) $0.68
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