5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: IPG Photonics


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fiber-based laser and amplifier maker IPG Photonics (NAS: IPGP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

IPG facts

Headquarters (founded)

Oxford, Mass. (1990)

Market Cap

$2.5 billion


Electronic manufacturing services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$474.5 million


Founder/Chairman/CEO Dr. Valentin Gapontsev

CFO Timothy Mammen

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$205.7 million / $25.6 million




Rofin-Sinar Technologies

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,332 members who have rated IPG believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star joryko, highlighted several of IPG's positives:

  • Offered 3 million shares of common stock to the public.

  • Offered a good buying spot for me at a slightly discounted price.

  • Tremendous balance sheet with almost no debt and over $200 million cash on hand.

  • Analysts are looking for an EPS of $3.30 in 2013, which would set its forward PE at about 17, acceptable for a growing company with no debt.

  • Five-year [PEG ratio] sits at 0.8 and [IPG] had previously spiked in mid-February on its strong demand outlook for the first quarter.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributorBrian Pacamparaowns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of IPG and Rofin-Sinar.Motley Fool newsletter serviceshave recommended buying shares of IPG and Rofin-Sinar. Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe thatconsidering a diverse range of insightsmakes us better investors. The Fool'sdisclosure policyalways gets a perfect score.

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