Electro Scientific Inds (NASDAQ:ESIO)

CAPS Rating: 4 out of 5

The Company designs and manufactures manufacturing equipment for the global electronics market, including advanced laser systems that are used to microengineer electronic device features in production environments.

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Member Avatar DwayneBanks (< 20) Submitted: 5/2/2012 10:14:43 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.18 ESIO Score: -72.95

A general increase in the electronics market is observed over the past years and I believe the trend will continue

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Member Avatar PickMassa (< 20) Submitted: 5/6/2010 8:30:56 AM : Outperform Start Price: $10.20 ESIO Score: -94.89

Earnings beat a coming

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Member Avatar johnwhitting (< 20) Submitted: 3/4/2009 9:27:50 PM : Outperform Start Price: $4.05 ESIO Score: -104.25

Looking forn a rebound when economy turns around - maybe a merger late this year

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Member Avatar JuanaBee1 (< 20) Submitted: 12/11/2008 2:34:11 PM : Outperform Start Price: $5.15 ESIO Score: -82.58

Upcoming merger and stock buyback and this company is sitting on over 200mil in cash reserves that they are looking to park somewhere right now. As soon as the market "discovers" ESI it'll jump up 30-50% virtually overnight. Buy and hold and watch for the volume to move--it will.

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Member Avatar rbnlaw1 (33.35) Submitted: 10/17/2008 11:22:33 AM : Underperform Start Price: $7.26 ESIO Score: +110.53

This stock will suffer along with the rest of the global economy until the credit ship rights itself.

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Member Avatar gaiachild (29.02) Submitted: 6/3/2008 1:49:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.54 ESIO Score: -82.30

mjpayday

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Member Avatar Bittbull (< 20) Submitted: 5/24/2008 7:38:46 AM : Underperform Start Price: $11.67 ESIO Score: +83.06

This stock game down hard and stayed down. I'm sticking this one in the bare cave.

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Member Avatar capsterok (< 20) Submitted: 4/24/2008 6:09:14 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.40 ESIO Score: -91.09

Testing out a portfolio of smallish-cap 5-star stocks found using the CAPS screener. All picks have at least 50 allstars backing them, which should be enough to minimize star rating fluctuations. It's only been about a week, and I expect a LOT of volatility, but I have high hopes for market beating performance. Time will tell...

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Member Avatar floridaland (53.12) Submitted: 3/26/2008 10:57:26 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.60 ESIO Score: -91.17

Undervalued

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Member Avatar stockmanrobert (< 20) Submitted: 3/19/2008 3:38:02 PM : Outperform Start Price: $12.35 ESIO Score: -94.36

The world's demand for laser technology will continue to grow, in my opinion.

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Member Avatar PrincetonAl (89.07) Submitted: 3/6/2008 11:39:10 PM : Outperform Start Price: $11.78 ESIO Score: -93.28

Turnaound play, will trade sideways for 6 months and then bounce.

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Member Avatar NeroSagetrade (86.82) Submitted: 10/14/2007 11:58:49 PM : Outperform Start Price: $18.00 ESIO Score: -88.26

Electro Scientific Industries was a personal favorite of mine to trade in the early 2000s and once again they look like they'll step up and break out of a long-term trading channel. ESIO has revenues growing back in the 11-19% range and is trading at under 20 times forward earnings with a boatload of available cash, $8 a share to be exact. This is plenty of cash to authorize a buyback or attract a possible buyer. I see business improving modestly in 2008. The long-term technicals show that it wouldnt take much to get an explosive break to the upside.

Nero

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Member Avatar Ganndalf (71.55) Submitted: 9/17/2007 7:46:57 PM : Outperform Start Price: $16.23 ESIO Score: -101.29

I swiped this company from some smart Fools, but so far it hasn't delivered much- up about 3% so far in 7 months. This company is not one I'm well acquainted with, but here's what I see:

It's a newsletter pick so that right there makes it worth a close look. Profit margins are a healthy 9.4%. Forward p/e is 18 and long-term growth estimate is for 15% per year. That doesn't seem like much of a bargain unless the estimates turn out to be incorrect. One Fool says that the P/E looks better when you back out the cash. They have been strongly cash-flow positive the last 3 years or more. From the 1 year chart, ESIO has been gradually trending upward since it low-point in mid-March. They are covered by just 5 analysts, which is fairly small. The most optimistic analyst price target puts them at $27, which would be a close to a 25% gain from here.

Here is a link to their webpage: http://www.esi.com/esi/

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Member Avatar weapon17 (50.73) Submitted: 7/12/2007 9:32:56 PM : Outperform Start Price: $17.29 ESIO Score: -88.67

Good CEO; dominant products in their market niche; market they sell to should grow due to increased DRAM demand

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Member Avatar BudandMolly (38.90) Submitted: 7/5/2007 12:12:32 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.97 ESIO Score: -87.59

Makes laser equipment for semiconductor and electronics industry. This will be a fast growth segment over the next 12-18 months as the semiconductor and electonics industry heats up. Strong growth, but expect volatility short term. Accumulate on major dips.

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Member Avatar immmccoy (78.14) Submitted: 7/4/2007 9:01:25 AM : Outperform Start Price: $16.36 ESIO Score: -88.23

They have a ton of cash on the balance sheet. Good things happen to those who buy cheap stocks - on average.

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Member Avatar doggetla (63.78) Submitted: 5/23/2007 10:20:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.48 ESIO Score: -86.31

crazykling says it all

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Member Avatar MJD99 (< 20) Submitted: 4/21/2007 4:29:38 PM : Outperform Start Price: $15.73 ESIO Score: -90.67

buying back tons of stock and undervalued

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Member Avatar iksnamyzs (76.94) Submitted: 4/1/2007 10:26:58 PM : Outperform Start Price: $14.58 ESIO Score: -93.10

turnround

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Member Avatar crazykling (87.37) Submitted: 3/21/2007 12:47:09 AM : Outperform Start Price: $14.83 ESIO Score: -97.67

The Company and its subsidiaries provide high-technology manufacturing systems to the global electronics market, including advanced laser-based systems that are used to microengineer electronic device features in high-volume production environments

ESIO
PD Pick with what seems to me lots of potential. P/B 1.35, P/E 20, F P/E 17. 52 week high was around 25, it's now trading at 19, has not traded lower than 18 last 52 weeks.

This one guy, Niernberg, bought into it to the tune of 11%. I'm reading up on him and he sounds like a strong value small cap fund manager. It's a 5 Star stock pick on CAPS too, always very nice. So to recap, relatively low P/B, not terribly low P/E (But low if you back out cash), much closer to 52 week low than high, major officer purchase buy Niernberg (and one other guy from PD article - can't give it all away), so... we are meeting all 5 major aspects of "What has worked in Inesting"

As for the business, I don't know a whole lot about this industry, but it seems like it's a pretty considerable player with room to grow, maybe room to shrink too, but more upside than downside.

Maybe not a stock to own forever, but seems like a good one for the next 6MO-2yrs.

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