Why Power-One's Shares Dropped

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What: Shares of inverter maker Power-One fell 10% today, after the company gave disappointing outlook for the fourth quarter.

So what: Management updated fourth quarter 2012 guidance today, and said it expected revenues to be between $190 million and $195 million, and net loss would be $12 million to $15 million. The disappointment stems from analysts' estimates of $221 million in revenue, and positive earnings per share of $0.07.


Now what: Management blamed soft market conditions in renewable energy as the culprit, and said that Italy and Germany were much worse than expected. The company is still committed to solar in Europe long-term, but there can be a lot of ups and downs as the market matures and sheds heavy subsidies. Power-One looks like a value on the surface; but with competition heading up in the inverter market, and growth questionable, I would be cautious with this stock. It looks a lot like a value trap right now.

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