The technology industry has not been able to maintain its last year’s performance so far this year because the economic recovery has motivated investors to rotate away from expensive tech stocks to cyclical stocks. This shift is evidenced by the Technology Select Sector SPDR Fund’s (XLK) 2.8% loss over the past month.
However, growing demand for tech solutions from almost all industries, and technological advances in cloud computing, artificial intelligence (AI), and 5G communications, among other areas, are expected to shape the industry’s future.
Fundamentally sound tech players Sharp Corporation (SHCAY), Diodes Incorporated (DIOD), and Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) have witnessed price declines lately thanks to the broader industry’s downtrend, and they look undervalued now. So, given their solid growth prospects, we think betting on these stocks at their current price levels could generate significant returns in the near term.
Sharp Corporation (SHCAY)
Headquartered in Sakai, Japan, SHCAY manufactures and sells electronic components and consumer electronic products, among others. It operates through four segments: Smart Homes, Smart Business Solutions, Internet of Things (IoT) Electronics Devices and Advanced Display Systems.
The company’s revenue for its fiscal fourth quarter ended March 31, was $22.30 billion, which represents a 7.2% year-over-year increase. Its gross profit increased 4% from the same period last year to $3.90 billion. SHCAY’s net income increased 258.8% year-over-year to $479.33 million.
Analysts expect SHCAY’s annual revenue to be t $22.50 billion in fiscal 2022, which represents a 107.3% year-over-year increase. In terms of forward EV/Sales, SHCAY is currently trading at 0.63x, which is 60.4% lower than the 1.59x industry average. Its forward EV/EBITDA of 9.77x is also lower than the 11.73x industry average.
SHCAY announced on May 17 that it has been nominated by Fisker Inc. (FSR) to develop technologies that support next generation in-vehicle screens and interfaces. This collaboration might help it develop and deliver more creative products to the market. The stock has gained 65.9% over the past year to close yesterday’s trading session at $4.28. It is currently trading 24.5% below its $5.67, 52-week high.
It’s no surprise that SHCAY has an overall B rating, which equates to Buy in our POWR Ratings system. The POWR Ratings assess stocks by 118 different factors, each with its own weighting.
The stock has an A grade for Value, and a B grade for Stability and Momentum. Click here to see SHCAY’s ratings for Growth, Sentiment and Quality as well.
SHCAY is ranked #11 of 48 stocks in the B-rated Technology-Hardware industry.
Diodes Incorporated (DIOD)
A manufacturer and supplier of application-specific standard products within the discrete, logic, analog and mixed-signal semiconductor markets, DIOD’s products include diodes, transistors, and rectifiers. The company sells its products to the consumer electronics, computing, communications, industrial, and automotive markets, among others.
For its fiscal first quarter ended March 31, DIOD’s total revenues came in at…
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