Growth Companies on the Rise

10/06/2006 12:00 am EST


James Oberweis

President, Oberweis Asset Management, Inc.

Veteran investor and money manager Jim Oberweis has a knack for finding companies with very promising futures. Here he highlights three - two technology businesses and one apparel company - whose sales and profits are growing by leaps and bounds .


"DataLink Corporation (DTLK: NASDAQ GM) is an information storage architect focusing on the analysis, implementation, and support of information storage infrastructures that store, protect, and provide continuous access to information. As an independent architect, the company is not tied to any one platform or set of products, providing their customers the flexibility to choose hardware and software from leading innovators. Revenues in the second quarter increased 39% to $39.8 million vs. $28.7 million in the same year-ago quarter. Earnings per share grew to $0.18 from $.04 in the prior-year second quarter. Clients of Oberweis Asset Management, Inc. own approximately 361,000 shares. These shares may be appropriate for risk oriented investors.


"Oplink Communication's (OPLK: NASDAQ GM) principal activity is to provide design, integration, and optical manufacturing solutions for optical networking components and subsystems. The company produces fiber optic subsystems, integrated modules and components for next-generation, all-optical dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM), optical amplification, routing, monitoring, and conditioning applications. The products are categorized into two groups: Bandwidth Creation Products, which include wavelength expansion and optical amplification products. Customers include telecommunications, data communications and cable TV equipment manufacturers such as Huawei, Siemens, Tellabs, Marconi and others. The company acquired 96% of F3 Inc in fiscal 2006. For fourth quarter, sales increased 90% to $16.9m from $8.9m in the same period of 2005. Earnings per share during the same period increased 125% to $.09 vs. $.04 in the same period of 2005. Clients of Oberweis Asset Management own approximately 970,000 shares. These shares may be appropriate for risk oriented investors.


"Zumiez Inc. (ZUMZ: NASDAQ GS) is a mall-based retailer of action sports-related apparel, footwear, equipment, and accessories. The store caters to 12-24 year-old men and women who enjoy skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, and BMX racing. As of August 10, 2006, the company operated 221 stores in 23 states, and is likely to increase its sales square footage by more than 20% annually over the next few years and plans to end fiscal 2007 with 235 stores. In the second quarter ended July 31, 2006, sales increased approximately 41% to $55.8 million and earnings per share were $.06 in versus $.03 in the same period of 2005. Comparable store sales increased 12.6% versus 11.3% in the second quarter of 2005. Clients of Oberweis Asset Management own approximately 542,000 shares. These shares may be appropriate for risk oriented investors."

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