Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Ltd.
) has posted an average earnings surprise of 82% over the past four
quarters, most recently delivering a 73.3% beat in the fourth
quarter of 2012. This manufacturer of power semiconductor products
moved to a Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) status on September 24.
However, the stock remains significantly undervalued, with a
forward price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of just 8.59 and a low
price-to-book (P/B) multiple of 0.79.
Earnings Surge in Q4
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor reported strong fourth quarter 2012
results on August 14 with earnings at 26 cents per share. The
better-than-expected earnings were primarily driven by strong
revenue growth and margin expansion.
Revenue jumped 12.4% from last year to $94.3 million. Gross margin
expanded 350 basis points, driven by productivity improvements.
Although operating expenses soared 11.2%, operating profit surged
106.3% based on a higher revenue base.
The strong fourth quarter encouraged Alpha and Omega Semiconductor
to provide a positive guidance for the first quarter of 2013. The
company forecasts revenue between $92 million and $96 million,
while non-GAAP net income is expected to be 8% - 9% of revenue for
the upcoming quarter.
Earnings Momentum on the Rise
Over the last 60 days, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for AOSL's
fiscal 2013 has risen 3% to $1.03. This reflects 102% earnings
growth from 51 cents in the year-ago period.
Valuation Continues to Impress
In addition to low P/E and P/B multiples, the stock looks
attractive given a price-to-sales (P/S) multiple of just 0.65. A
P/E below 15.0, a P/S ratio less than 1.0 and a P/B ratio under 3.0
generally suggest a value stock. Moreover, Alpha and Omega's PEG
ratio of just 0.43 indicates that the stock is reasonably valued
given the expected growth of 20%.
Historically, declining earnings have significantly impacted
prices. The uptrend in 2013 and 2014 earnings estimates should
encourage investors as the stock is likely to follow the trend.
Sunnyvale, California-based Alpha and Omega Semiconductor
manufactures power semiconductor products that transfer, manage and
switch electricity to deliver the appropriate amount of voltage to
a broad range of electronic systems (TVs, computers, smartphones)
and also protect electronic systems from damage resulting from
excessive or inadvertent electrical charges.
Alpha and Omega Semiconductor is a leading provider of more than
1000 power semiconductor products. The company introduced more than
240 new products in fiscal 2012. AOSL has a strong client base that
includes Dell Inc. (
), Hewlett-Packard Company (
), LG Electronics, Inc. and Samsung Group.
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