Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAOI)
Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAOI) started out as a manufacturer and supplier of products to the cable television market. In 2013 the company took a deliberate turn to transform itself into a producer of products that market to data centers. Any time a company makes a strategic turn there is risk, but it appears that three years later the results are in – and Applied Optoelectronics came out a winner.
In 2014 Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAOI) reported total revenue growth at 66% over 2013 revenues and attributed that growth to their rapid expansion into the data center optical market. That growth was impressive enough to get the firm the 374th spot in the Deloitte’s 2014 Technology Fast 500. The growth continued in 2015 as Total Revenues grew 46% and GAAP Net Income more than doubled the 2014 figure.
Yesterday Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAOI) posted their full-year 2016 results. They did not disappoint – again. The Sugarland, TX company reported 2016 revenues up 37% over 2015. GAAP net income increased to $31.2 million, or $1.76 per diluted share, compared with net income of $10.8 million, or $0.65 per diluted share in 2015.
While AAOI shares gained less than 1% during Thursday’s regular session, the market responded to the earnings release by sending AAOI up over 12% in after-market trading to their highest-ever levels ($42.20) on moderate volumes. The growth in the stock has been jaw-dropping for a $600 million company. AAOI threatened to break below $8 in May of 2016 and today is sitting above $40, that is 500% growth in 1.5 years in a highly competitive industry that includes investor darlings such as Lumentum (LITE), Oclaro (OCLR), and ARRIS International (ARRS).
Throughout the transformation, one man remained at the helm. Dr. Thompson Lin is the founder, CEO, and Chairman of the Board of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAOI). He founded the firm in 1997 after receiving a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri. Dr. Lin has been awarded over ten patents and has authored over 200 technical papers. While those are impressive achievements, there is little doubt that his greatest achievement has been the skilled stewardship of Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAOI) through a highly competitive global market.
|Last Price a/o 7:59 PM EST||$ 41.80|
|Market Cap (mlns)||$ 619.00|
|Shares Outstanding (mlns)||16.52|
|Share Float (mlns)||16.35|
|Short Interest Ratio||4.08|
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About the author: Marc has a degree in economics and a MSc. in Finance. Over his 20 year career, Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.