Having established itself as a leader in multiple segments of the Japanese factory automation sector, Yaskawa Electric (OTCPK:YASKY) is trying to repeat its success in China as that country increasingly adopts automation. The company has done well thus far, but the cyclical nature of the industry and its dependence upon customer capex (not to mention forex exposure) have made for choppy share price performance over the past five years.
The shares are now off more than 10% from their recent high and look as though they could be slightly undervalued. I'm not looking for exceptional revenue growth in the coming years, but I do think the company can improve its margins and continue to leverage its strong share in servomotors. If adoption of servomotors, inverters, and robots can spread beyond today's core markets (and if Yaskawa can broaden its horizons in robotics), there could additional upside to sweeten the prospects.
Yaskawa's ADRs are not especially liquid. I would suggest that investors consider the Japan-listed shares instead.
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Yaskawa Electric Leveraging The Automation Of China