In an article posted in Barron’s Daily titled “This Laser Maker’s Stock Is Cheap. Why It’s a Buy.
The writer begins this article by telling us how the laser industry has been a fragmented collection of small players and how a wave of mergers is changing the dynamic, creating long-term opportunities for investors.
The writer goes on and speak of one laser making stock, Industry leader II-VI (ticker: IIVI) recently earned the winning bid for optical component maker Coherent (COHR). Rival offers from competitors Lumentum (LITE) and MKS Instruments (MKSI) forced II-VI to raise its offer several times and ultimately pay about $7 billion in cash and stock. II-VI’s stock dropped from a high of nearly $100 to the mid-$60s when the bidding war came to a close.
All of II-VI’s products are in photonics, or the science of light, for a wide range of applications. They include 3-D sensing technologies known as VCSEL and Lidar, which allow an Apple iPhone to recognize a user’s face and help a self-driving car avoid obstacles. The companies also supply key components used in data centers and fiberoptic telecom networks, as well as industrial cutting lasers. Despite the recent turbulence for the stocks, industry consolidation is making the core players into more-diversified businesses better able to protect and develop their highly technical intellectual property.
Pennsylvania-based II-VI will fork over $220 in cash and 0.91 of its own shares for each Coherent share. The combination will nearly double the size of II-VI, which recently had a market value of about $8 billion. Adding Coherent will give II-VI greater exposure to end markets like life sciences, semiconductor capital equipment, and advanced laser-welding applications[MW1] . “Acquisitions are a part of our strategy,” II-VI and Coherent had combined sales of over $4 billion in 2020. The average price target on II-VI stock is $106, or some 40% above current levels, with 75% of analysts rating the stock at Buy, according to FactSet.
Take a look at ATWEC Technologies, Inc. (OTC Pink: ATWT). When it comes to child safety, there is no limit to what parents will spend for the benefit of their children, and they expect nothing less from their community.
The company was founded in 1979 and after the appointment of Darnell Stitts as President and CEO, in October of 2020, the company started making some major moves in its stride to become a dominant player in the child safety business.
Most recently, ATWEC Technologies, Inc. (OTC Pink: ATWT) announced a contract for the Company to provide 95,000 units of its products and services for a total contract price of $22,477,036.88, including a set-up fee of $3 million.
ATWEC Technologies, Inc. has developed a unique, highly effective suite of safety applications under the name trademark Kiddie Voice for the vast, underserved population looking for and using safety devices related to children and education.
Since 1999, at least 228 children have died in hot, unattended vehicles in the US, according to research done by General Motors, and the report said the actual number of fatalities is much higher.
ATWEC Technologies, Inc. has developed a unique, highly effective suite of safety applications under the name trademark Kiddie Voice for the vast, underserved population looking for and using safety devices related to children being left on day care and school busses. In addition, viruses on busses provide an even more dangerous environment not only for our children, but those our children come home to. ATWEC Technologies, designs, manufactures and sells products specifically with these issues in mind.
ATWEC Technologies, Inc. (OTC: ATWT)’s product suite includes the KV Child Reminder System, the new KV-X Sterilization System, and the Commercial Backup System.
In November, the Company announced the acquisition of their manufacturer Assembled Products, Inc., in a $2.6 million deal. Assembled Products is a U.S. manufacturer and designer of electronic and mechanical apparatuses founded in 1986 and has worked with major companies, including Halliburton, the U.S. Air Force, FedEx (NYSE: FDX), and AutoZone (NASDAQ: AZO).
In December, ATWET Technologies, Inc. (OTC Pink: ATWT) announced the finalization of its $1.96 million SafeBus Technologies deal which secured them a strategic =position in the $250 Billion Child Safety Industry.
The total number of accidents and incidents causing children harm is approaching 24,000. This means that children are at risk, and even one accident is too many. The Kiddie Systems TM product line has been developed to combat this danger, and is now being implemented across the US, protecting day care students and drivers from potential disasters.
General Motors (NYSE: GM) had unveiled a new feature to prevent child deaths in hot cars, but ATWET Technologies’ (OTC Pink: ATWT), priority is addressing the untapped market of preventing children being left of school and daycare busses.
Beginning in March, it’s a major front page news as to whether children will be required to be COVID-19 vaccinated. This decision is left up to each state individually. However, ATWEC Technologies is also addressing this issue.
Its newest addition, the KV-X Sterilization System (KVX) is a new automated, two-stage sterilization system for school buses, daycare vans, and other commercial vehicles that kills germs, viruses, and bacteria in the air and on vehicle surfaces quickly, safely, and effectively. The KVX utilizes a UVC module to disinfect the air inside a vehicle. It does this by isolating the UVC light behind a HEPA (high-efficacy particulate air) filter. The KVX is programmed to operate after a vehicle is shut down and no further movement is detected. If movement is detected, the KVX will stop automatically and can be programmed to re-start.
Children are left on school and daycare busses to deal with extreme heat and severe freezing temperatures monthly in the US.
In July, a 3-year-old in Texas died after he was left on a day care bus after a field trip, CNN reported. It was nearly 100 degrees outside.
It was only when the boy’s father came to pick him up at 6:30 p.m. that anyone noticed he was missing. He was on the bus for about four hours and died at the hospital.
The temperature inside the bus was 113 degrees.
A second grader in Bay County, Florida, spent the entire day on the bus after the child was overlooked by the driver.
Like in Delaware, the child was not discovered until the driver came back for his afternoon route and found the student sleeping.
ATWEC Technologies, Inc. (OTC: ATWT)’s current and ever expanding product line is the KV Child Reminder System available with a choice of RFID technology, or key switch deactivation. This system is designed to encourage the transportation drivers to actively check their vehicles for children and seniors who may not have gotten out of the vehicle. It does this by providing a patented voice prompt when the vehicle is shut off. The driver must then walk to the back of the vehicle to reset the system with a mechanical key (or RFID) within a programmed amount of time or the system will set off an external siren and, if equipped a strobe light. This is accomplished with a sophisticated computer system and proprietary software that includes an anti-copy subroutine to protect against third party thieves.
These issues can be avoided for as little as a few hundred dollars per bus.
Education technology expenditure is expected to reach $341B worldwide by 2025, evidenced by the aggressive acceleration in venture capital invested through 2019, which reached a record $8B. The Company plans to launch an aggressive sales and marketing campaign to capitalize on this increased demand, fueled by concerned parents and administrators.
Have a look at ATWEC Technologies, Inc. (OTC: ATWT). There could be some real value here.
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