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Plantronics, Inc. (PLT), Premiere Global Services, Inc. (PGI): You Can Bank on These Electronics and Software Companies

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These electronics products manufacturers’ core business units operate in cyclical end markets. Specifically, spending by financial institutions and banks, as well as the broader call centers and office sector, typically increases when the economic picture brightens. Capital spending by banks is a key determinant of two of the following companies’ prospects. All of these three operate core units that are tied to the business spending environment, while they may also operate units in faster-expanding end markets.

Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT)

Here are brief overviews of three companies, focusing on their largest business units.

Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) – Office and contact center revenue growing

Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT)
, amaker of lightweight headsets primarily for the office and call-center market, experienced improved sales in its core division for the fiscal year ended March 31, and this trend has probably continued into the June quarter. Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) has kept its product lines fresh, offering the most updated technologies for convenient office communications.

On that note, Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT) is adhering to a unified communications (UC) strategy, composing its newest offerings with what it calls “contextual intelligence”, the capability to communicate with the most effective and convenient mode of communication. The goal is to reduce costs and improve collaboration. For instance, Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE:PGI) is integrating Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT)’ Voyager Legend UC headset into its video conferencing/virtual meeting solution.

Speaking of Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE:PGI), the company is a pioneer in the field of virtual (non face-to-face) meeting experiences, combining real-time video, voice, web streaming, and file-sharing technologies. It is a growing company, with share earnings targeted to increase 10% to 15% this year, on a single-digit revenue gain. I like Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE:PGI)’s strategy for this year focused on expanding distribution (it already reached 25 countries) and upgrading its iMeet and GlobalMeet online and conference-calling solution products. Along with property and equipment, the company is utilizing cash to repurchase shares, likely supporting share earnings accretion.

Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE:PGI) shares have gained Wall Street’s favor this year. It falls in the same category as Polycom Inc (NASDAQ:PLCM), a company I discussed in a recent blog. Companies looking to cut travel expenses and boost productivity compose its customer base. I like the shares of the small-cap Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE:PGI) as a near-term above-average performer.

As for Plantronics, Inc. (NYSE:PLT), the stock, too, ought to outperform the S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) market average over the next 6-to-12 months.

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