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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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Cash to Debt No Debt
PLAB's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
90% of the 1113 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.99 vs. PLAB: No Debt )
PLAB' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.15   Max: No Debt
Current: No Debt

Interest Coverage No Debt
PLAB's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
79% of the 652 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 767.50 vs. PLAB: No Debt )
PLAB' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 9999.99
Current: No Debt

0.44
9999.99
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 5/10

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Operating margin (%) 6.32
PLAB's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1103 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 4.71 vs. PLAB: 6.32 )
PLAB' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: -48.72   Max: 20.51
Current: 6.32

-48.72
20.51
Net-margin (%) 5.71
PLAB's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
73% of the 1103 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.27 vs. PLAB: 5.71 )
PLAB' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: -49.88   Max: 14.84
Current: 5.71

-49.88
14.84
ROE (%) 5.30
PLAB's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 1097 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 4.76 vs. PLAB: 5.30 )
PLAB' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: -40.65   Max: 14.95
Current: 5.3

-40.65
14.95
ROA (%) 3.32
PLAB's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
69% of the 1114 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 2.60 vs. PLAB: 3.32 )
PLAB' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: -23.19   Max: 10.88
Current: 3.32

-23.19
10.88
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 7.14
PLAB's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
67% of the 1113 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 7.54 vs. PLAB: 7.14 )
PLAB' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: -42.44   Max: 50.91
Current: 7.14

-42.44
50.91
Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) -8.00
PLAB's Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
64% of the 798 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: -2.50 vs. PLAB: -8.00 )
PLAB' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -11   Max: 15.8
Current: -8

-11
15.8
EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) -42.10
PLAB's EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
50% of the 585 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: -7.00 vs. PLAB: -42.10 )
PLAB' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -42.1   Max: 15.5
Current: -42.1

-42.1
15.5
EPS Growth (3Y)(%) 11.70
PLAB's EPS Growth (3Y)(%) is ranked higher than
87% of the 508 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: -8.20 vs. PLAB: 11.70 )
PLAB' s 10-Year EPS Growth (3Y)(%) Range
Min: -30.9   Max: 11.7
Current: 11.7

-30.9
11.7
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Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q4 2013

PLAB Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Jim Simons 77,300 sh (+51.87%)
James Barrow 3,451,469 sh (-1.49%)
Donald Smith 5,424,685 sh (-4.27%)
Chuck Royce 822,600 sh (-6.8%)
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Q1 2014

PLAB Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Steven Cohen 1,161,917 sh (New)
Jim Simons 229,800 sh (+197.28%)
Chuck Royce 1,052,600 sh (+27.96%)
Donald Smith 5,468,569 sh (+0.81%)
James Barrow 3,422,978 sh (-0.83%)
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Q2 2014

PLAB Guru Trades in Q2 2014

Jim Simons 279,900 sh (+21.8%)
Donald Smith 5,872,146 sh (+7.38%)
Steven Cohen 931,773 sh (unchged)
James Barrow 3,310,158 sh (-3.3%)
Chuck Royce 1,002,600 sh (-4.75%)
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Q3 2014

PLAB Guru Trades in Q3 2014

Jim Simons 536,695 sh (+91.75%)
Chuck Royce 1,139,000 sh (+13.6%)
Donald Smith 5,900,744 sh (+0.49%)
James Barrow 3,215,018 sh (-2.87%)
Steven Cohen 693,658 sh (-25.56%)
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with PLAB

(List those with share number changes of more than 20%, or impact to portfolio more than 0.1%)

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
Joel Greenblatt 2013-09-30 Sold Out 0.05%$7.16 - $8.66 $ 8.235%0
James Barrow 2013-06-30 New Buy0.05%$6.56 - $8.06 $ 8.2310%3545670
Joel Greenblatt 2013-06-30 New Buy0.05%$6.56 - $8.06 $ 8.2310%143147
Joel Greenblatt 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.07%$5.75 - $6.7 $ 8.2332%0
John Burbank 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.01%$5.75 - $6.7 $ 8.2332%0
Joel Greenblatt 2012-12-31 New Buy0.07%$4.61 - $5.8 $ 8.2360%196663
John Burbank 2012-12-31 New Buy0.01%$4.61 - $5.8 $ 8.2360%39487
Donald Smith 2011-12-31 Add 27.26%0.21%$4.67 - $6.73 $ 8.2339%5340834
George Soros 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.0014%$4.67 - $6.73 $ 8.2339%0
Donald Smith 2011-09-30 Add 22.77%0.14%$5.2 - $8.7 $ 8.2321%4196940
George Soros 2011-09-30 New Buy$5.2 - $8.7 $ 8.2321%15800
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 21.30
PLAB's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
79% of the 1164 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 63.70 vs. PLAB: 21.30 )
PLAB' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 9.63   Max: 90.24
Current: 21.3

9.63
90.24
P/S 1.20
PLAB's P/S is ranked higher than
73% of the 1164 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.84 vs. PLAB: 1.20 )
PLAB' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.04   Max: 2.67
Current: 1.2

0.04
2.67
PFCF 118.30
PLAB's PFCF is ranked higher than
67% of the 1164 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 117.57 vs. PLAB: 118.30 )
PLAB' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 1.54   Max: 297.4
Current: 118.3

1.54
297.4
EV-to-EBIT 17.65
PLAB's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
77% of the 1164 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 37.82 vs. PLAB: 17.65 )
PLAB' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: -105.3   Max: 95.6
Current: 17.65

-105.3
95.6
Shiller P/E 75.40
PLAB's Shiller P/E is ranked higher than
86% of the 1164 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. PLAB: 75.40 )
PLAB' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 53.89   Max: 1911
Current: 75.4

53.89
1911

Valuation & Return

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Price/DCF (Projected) 2.03
PLAB's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
84% of the 1164 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 9999.00 vs. PLAB: 2.03 )
PLAB' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 4.75
Current: 2.03

0.06
4.75
Price/Median PS Value 0.98
PLAB's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
73% of the 1164 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 1.09 vs. PLAB: 0.98 )
PLAB' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.06   Max: 2.23
Current: 0.98

0.06
2.23
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 5.70
PLAB's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
76% of the 1092 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 3.10 vs. PLAB: 5.70 )
PLAB' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 1   Max: 23.8
Current: 5.7

1
23.8
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) -0.44
PLAB's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
69% of the 408 Companies
in the Global Semiconductor Equipment & Materials industry.

( Industry Median: 6.72 vs. PLAB: -0.44 )
PLAB' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: -5.6   Max: 136.8
Current: -0.44

-5.6
136.8

Business Description

Industry: Semiconductors » Semiconductor Equipment & Materials
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Photronics Inc is a Connecticut corporation, organized in 1969. The Company and its subsidiaries are the manufacturers of photomasks, which are high precision photographic quartz plates containing microscopic images of electronic circuits. Photomasks are a key element in the manufacture of semiconductors and flat panel displays, or FPDs, and are used as masters to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers and flat panel substrates during the fabrication of integrated circuits, or ICs, and a variety of FPDs and, to a lesser extent, other types of electrical and optical components. The Company currently operates principally from eight manufacturing facilities; two of which are located in Europe, two in Taiwan, one in Korea and three in the United States. The Company manufactures photomasks, which are used as masters to transfer circuit patterns onto semiconductor wafers and flat panel substrates. The Company's photomasks are manufactured in accordance with circuit designs provided on a confidential basis by its customers. The typical manufacturing process for a photomask involves the receipt and conversion of circuit design data to manufacturing pattern data. The Company currently supports customers across the full spectrum of IC production and FPD technologies by manufacturing photomasks using electron beam or optical (laser-based) technologies. The market for photomasks mainly consists of domestic and international semiconductor and FPD manufacturers and designers, including a limited number of manufacturers who have the capability to internally manufacture photomasks. Generally, the Company and each of its customers engage in a qualification and correlation process before the company becomes an approved supplier. The Company conducts its sales and marketing activities mainly through a staff of full-time sales personnel and customer service representatives who work closely with the company's management and technical personnel. Photronics sells its products to semiconductor and FPD manufacturers such as: ASML Holding N.V., Freescale Semiconductor, Inc., Inotera Memories, Inc., LG Electronics, Inc., Novatek Microelectronics Corp., Ltd., Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Texas Instruments Incorporated, United Microelectronics Corp., etc. The Company conducts its primary research and development activities for IC photomasks at its MP Mask Technology Center, LLC. The Company also conducts application oriented research and development activities to support the early adoption of new photomask or supporting data and services technology into the customers' applications. Photronics owns or has rights to approximately 40 patents in the United States. The raw materials used by the Company generally include high precision quartz plates, which are used as photomask blanks, obtained from Japanese and Korean suppliers; pellicles and electronic grade chemicals, which are used in the manufacturing process; and compacts, which are durable pl
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Photronics Inc. (PLAB) Senior Vice President & CFO Sean T Smith sells 16,250 Shares Dec 14 2010 
Photronics Inc. (PLAB) CEO & President Constantine S Macricostas sells 100,000 Shares Oct 20 2010 
Photronics Inc. (PLAB) CEO & President Constantine S Macricostas sells 5,000 Shares Oct 18 2010 
Photronics Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q) Jun 10 2010 

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