Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Seeking Alpha: The Frustrating Wait For Value Realization At PCTEL

It is not too hard to see how PCTEL (NASDAQ:PCTI) could parlay billions of dollars of end-market potential in markets like smart grids, process automation, enterprise WLAN, precision agriculture, train control, and fleet management into potentially hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue. "Potential" is always a tricky word when it comes to small cap companies, though, and PCTEL doesn't have the best track record when it comes to delivering on its potential at any given point in its past.

PCTEL doesn't trade at particularly ambitious multiples, but then why would it? The company has been free cash flow positive for some time, but doesn't have any real record of attractive margins or returns on capital. I do believe that investors need to focus on where a company is going more than where it has been ("skate to where the puck is going to be"), but I have questions about PCTEL's ability to truly differentiate itself as a component supplier. I ultimately come down favorably inclined toward PCTEL, but near-term headwinds in wireless infrastructure spending could stretch out what has already been an extended wait for market-beating performance.

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The Frustrating Wait For Value Realization At PCTEL

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