Nam Tai Electronics (NYS: NTE) isn't exactly a household name. But the Chinese electronics manufacturer makes a lot of stuff for our household brands.
For example, Nam Tai puts together calculators for Texas Instruments (NYS: TXN) and various home entertainment electronics for Sony (NYS: SNE) . It also builds LCD panels and modules for cellphones, toys, and industrial equipment.
Nam Tai is nowhere near as large as Apple's (NAS: AAPL) favorite gadget manufacturer, Hon Hai Precision Industry, or American counterparts Flextronics (NAS: FLEX) and Jabil Circuit (NYS: JBL) . But this quick little grower has attracted the attentions of our Global Gains newsletter team, and for good reason: Nam Tai's addressable market is huge, and the stock looks tremendously cheap right now.
Shares rose 6% after this morning's third-quarter report. At first glance, that doesn't make any sense: Earnings fell 88% year over year to just $0.02 per share and missed analyst estimates by $0.04. Sales fell 14% to $147 million -- following a string of quarters with 58%, 78%, 104%, and 30% annual revenue growth. That looks a lot like a stalled growth engine, does it not?
But Nam Tai is knee-deep in a dramatic strategy shift. Some high-margin products with very small markets are falling by the wayside as the company builds two new factories to focus on making LCD panels for smartphones and tablet computers. Based on negotiations with as-yet unsigned customers, Nam Tai sees sales doubling in 2012.
Nam Tai also raised its quarterly dividend by 40% thanks to a strong cash position and those tremendous growth prospects. That makes for a very generous 5.6% dividend yield at today's prices. All told, I'd say that Nam Tai deserved this price jump.
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