Stephen Simpson, CFA
Long only, growth at reasonable price, value, research analyst

CVD Equipment - Certain Risks And Potentially Significant Returns

I'm a fan of so-called repurposed technologies - technologies that were developed for one industry or application and are then introduced into new areas. In that sense, I'm intrigued by CVD Equipment's (NASDAQ:CVV) attempts to bring chemical vapor deposition, a technique/technology long used in semiconductor manufacturing, into areas like solar power, LEDs, med-tech and nanotechnology. While the technologies are different, it's a basic approach that has worked for other companies like FEI Company (NASDAQ:FEIC).

Unfortunately, while the basic concept of applying very thin layers of active materials to surfaces holds significant potential in many different end markets, there are many ways to skin a cat and CVD's tiny revenue base suggests that the company hasn't really...

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