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Wednesday, 28 January 2004
January 28, 2004 Candela (CLZR)
Hello Friends! Thanks for stopping by. I have been doing a bit of housecleaning both around here and in my trading account. I have successfully sold small portions of stocks....see the preceding posts....and now have sold off my natural gas stock, Pogo Producing with a 9% loss. Looking through the lists today, I came across Candela, which has been showing up in the greatest % gainers for a couple of days.

Candela (CLZR), according to the cnn.money description "...researches, develops, manufactures, markets and services lasers and other devices used to perform aesthetic and cosmetic procedures." CLZR is having a nice day today, trading as I write, at $26.38, up $1.91 or 7.81% on the day.

Looking at the Morningstar.com stock report on CLZR, we find that revenue growth has been a bit erratic from $58.6 million in 1999 to $86.2 million in the trailing twelve months. Earnings/share have also been erratic ranging from $.82/share in 1999, dropping to a loss of $(.21)/share in 2002 and staying at $.55/share in the latest twelve months.

Free cash flow, along with the other numbers, is positive but inconsistent, improving from $1 million in 2001, dropping to $(8) million in 2002, and back to $10 million in the trailing twelve months.

The balance sheet looks excellent with $30 million in cash reported by Morningstar.com with only $21.7 million in current liabilities and $5.1 million in long-term liabilities. In addition CLZR has $40.2 million in other current assets.

So with all of this inconsistency, why have I posted this stock? Well, like so many of our listings, CLZR reported its
second quarter earnings report yesterday after the close. The results were quite nice: for the quarter ended December 27, 2003, revenues were $23.9 million, a 33% increase from a year ago, and income from continuing operations was $2.4 million or $.22/share compared to $.8 million or $.08/share last year. For the 'icing on the cake' the company declared itself optimistic about the next two quarters and announced a 100% stock dividend (a 2:1 split). All of these were bullish for the stock.

Looking at Yahoo "key statistics" on Candela, we find that the Market Cap is a small $287.3 million, the trailing p/e is 35.82, the PEG is at 1.21, and price/sales at 3.11. There are 10.9 million shares outstanding with 7.80 million of them that float. No dividend is paid and the last previous stock split was a 3:2 split in February, 2000.

Overall, I like this stock a lot and may indeed pick up a few shares. The growth has been erratic, but the last couple of years have been strong and the company is speaking very optimistically about future results. As always, please do your own due diligence if you decide to act on any of this information, and I strongly recommend consulting with your own investment advisor before making any purchases or sales.

Thanks again for stopping by! If you have any comments, questions, or words of encouragement, please feel free to post them right here or email me at bobsadviceforstocks@lycos.com

Bob


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