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GT Advanced soars. New materials markets eyed after Apple ramp.

  • GT Advanced (GTAT +13.2%) is taking off after posting an EPS beat to go with a revenue miss, and reiterating its 2014 revenue and gross margin guidance ($600M-$800M and 25%-27%, respectively). EPS guidance of $0.02-$0.18 is in-line with a $0.09 consensus.
  • Likely helping: GT says its creation of a sapphire materials business (via the Apple deal) may allow it to "expand into other materials segments" once it's done ramping production at Apple's Mesa, AZ facility.
  • GT also says it's seeing strong interest in new LED, solar, industrial, and power electronics equipment products. "Meaningful revenue recognition" for those products is expected to start in early 2015.
  • The company ended Q4 with $539M in cash/equivalents and $283.9M in debt. It expects to end 2014 with $400M-$500M in cash. 2014 sales are set to be heavily back-end loaded - Q1 guidance is for revenue of $20M-$30M and EPS of -$0.20 to -$0.25, well below a consensus of $113M and -$0.08.
  • Q4 results, PR
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