(By Rich Bieglmeier) Have you ever reached for you smartphone, only to get that dreadful feeling of seeing a spider web of cracks dominating the touchscreen. Man, that sucks, and makes you hide your phone in public. It's cheaper to up your contract than to get the glass fixed, unless you want to try and do it yourself – good luck with that.
This author knows the feeling firsthand. After sharing the front pocket of a pair of Levi's with the car keys, the glass somehow shattered when the two came into contact. Maybe, the 36 X 29s being a little tighter than they were a few months back played a part in the crack up? Thank goodness Twinkies went bankrupt; another couple of weeks and it won't be a problem any longer.
If Uni-Pixel, Inc.'s (UNXL) technology catches on, cracked touchscreens might not be a problem any longer, too. UNXL's Patented UniPixel materials and process technology create invisible micro-structures that alter film performance. Raised surfaces wick away fingerprints, optical micro-structures increase display & light efficiency and improve uniformity, anti-microbial coatings kill viruses and bacteria, anti-glare coatings minimize reflections and hard coats protect from scratches and gouging.
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Management has a video on the company website showing the "talent" smacking the UniPixel glass with a hammer, nothing happens – wonder if can stand up to the keys in tight pocket test – huh? In addition to making the screen nearly indestructible, it costs less to make, lowers the energy use of the phone, and improves the quality of what you see.
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Last week, Uni-Pixel announced an agreement with "a manufacturer of personal computers to develop and introduce products that feature next-generation touch screens based on UniPixel's UniBoss™ pro-cap, multi-touch sensor film." The news put UNXL at number five on our weekly accumulation/distribution screen. Investors snapped up 11.6% of the company's $134 million market cap.
Just how dramatic was the news? In the last seven days, the consensus analyst estimate for 2013 earnings per share… searching for the right term… still thinking... ah, blasted from a loss of 51 cents to a profit of 66 cents. iStock isn't sure we've seen such a quick change of heart ever before. If analysts are correct, UNXL is valued at 20.75 times estimates. Normally, it has been our experience that transformational shifts warrant much, much higher P/Es.
The new, PC relationship helped the company pass the concept to reality test, and re-priced shares from $9.75 to $15.07 close-to-close. Going forward, investors need to watch two key price levels for the stock. Shares topped out at $16.33 and bottomed at $13.43. If the stock moves above the upper guardrail, the next wave higher is likely to commence. A close below $13.43 and shareholders could see $10.40. iStock would prefer to wait to see which happens first before putting new money in the stock.
Overall, Uni-Pixel, Inc.'s (UNXL) has "game-changing" technology and a possibility for investors willing to absorb high risk for the potential of riding a big time winner.