4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Power-One

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, power management solutions provider Power-One (NAS: PWER) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Power-One facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Camarillo, Calif. (1973)

Market Cap

$444 million


Electronic components

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.12 billion


CEO Richard Thompson (since 2008)
CFO Gary Larsen (since 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$182.7 million / $36 million


Emerson Electric (NYS: EMR)
General Electric (NYS: GE)
Siemens (NYS: SI)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 656 members who have rated Power-One believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include markbudge1 and jed71.

Just last month, markbudge1 tapped the stock as a potent bargain opportunity:

The inverter market is growing and so will Power-One. It has a high ROI and ROE and little debt. Once good news hits, it will skyrocket.

In fact, Power-One sports a particularly paltry P/E of 4. That represents a clear discount to much larger rivals like Emerson (16), GE (12), and Siemens (11).

CAPS member jed71 elaborates on the Power-One bull case:

I am definitely not what you would call a "greenie", but this technology is here to stay. The more efficient it becomes, the more I believe it will become a part of daily life. ...

Here you have a company that makes power inverters that convert DC energy from a solar or wind farm, and make it into usable AC energy on a power grid. These converters are highly efficient (from what I have read) and actually do a nice job reducing power conversion losses. I recently read that they have / are continuing to design commercial models that increases efficiency from large solar / wind farms. Pretty neat stuff.

The financials aren't bad at all either, considering this is a "green tech" company (which tend to be on the pricey side). ... With operating margins approaching 25%, I am thinking it might be time to put some real money into this one.

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