Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial pipeline services specialist Aegion (Nasdaq: AEGN ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Aegion's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Chesterfield, Mo. (1980)|
|Market Cap||$618.5 million|
|Industry||Construction and engineering|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$921.2 million|
|Management||CEO J. Joseph Burgess (since 2008)
CFO David Martin (since 2007)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||7.6%|
|Cash/Debt||$108 million / $123.5 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
This past summer , latinoeconomist listed a few of Aegion's positives: "Strong growth, focus on profitability, currently undervalued."
In fact, Aegion currently sports a cheapish forward P/E of 9.6. That represents a discount to more common construction and engineering plays like Fluor (NYSE: FLR ) (14.1), Jacobs Engineering (NYSE: JEC ) (12.8), and KBR (NYSE: KBR ) (10.5).
CAPS member NHWeston elaborates on the bargain opportunity:
This company is badly down from its highs and for no particular reason than the current financial malaise. Yet, it straddles a number of key growth industries and commodities -- water, sewers, pipelines, purification, infrastructure. They may not make big-pig buck off of Irene, but the hurricane has helped to demonstrate how very badly even rural areas need pipeline upgrades and replacement. ...[S]olid long term play just now being discovered.
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