With the wind-down of the solar inverter business now complete, Advanced Energy Industries (NASDAQ:AEIS) is free to refocus itself around its expertise in power conversion and control systems. That's a pretty good business in its own right, and one capable of supporting operating margins in the mid-20%'s, but the real deciding factor for this company and stock will likely be the extent to which management succeeds in branching out from its historical reliance on the semiconductor industry.
What happens next in the semiconductor capital equipment space is anybody's guess, as major fab operators like Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE:TSM), Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), and Samsung have generally been spending less than expected (or maybe "hoped") during this transition...
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