If you read last week's Five Stocks Under $10 column, you probably learned a lot about me. I'm cheap. I have a heap of risk tolerance for imperfect companies trading at bargain prices. My previous low-priced stock selections haven't done too shabby. And, lastly, I'm still cheap.
You can always refer back to last week's article for five stock ideas and a performance update of my first 20 suggestions. As for now, it's a brand-new week -- and I have five new investment possibilities.
Did I mention that they were ripe with risk? Sure I did. Just wanted to make sure that you were paying attention.
The company had some demons in the past. It had a lingering liability tied to an earlier spin-off and a contested annual meeting for 2002. The company settled on both fronts and took the hits last year, but its future looks bright. Intelligroup had no problem tacking on more than 40 new accounts as its revenues grew 17% to $118.6 million in 2003. Analysts are looking for the company to earn $0.34 a share this year and $0.50 next year. While obscure companies tend to bring out the optimists in Wall Street's guesstimators, the company earned $0.08 a share this past quarter while the market was looking for $0.06.
Political hot potato or not, companies that are saving money through Intelligroup will be hard-pressed to let it go. Selling for less than 20 times next year's projected profits but growing the bottom line at a much faster rate, Intelligroup might be a stock idea worth importing.
The company will report its 2003 results next week, but it's just a formality at this point since this company lives and dies by the summer season. As an amusement park buff who has seen a company like Cedar Fair
While attendance fell for a second year in a row at the company's parks, it now has the tailwind of an improving economy to get some of the growing disposable income working toward increasing turnstile clicks. By earmarking just $75 million in capital expenditures -- $50 million less than last year's tab -- it is realizing that paying up for next-generation coasters won't draw crowds if the rides have spotty operating histories.
Spending less is usually a bad omen in the park business, but it works this time as Six Flags rediscovers that it has to learn to crawl again. Emphasizing park cleanliness and patron-friendly customer service, as well as running its rides more efficiently and consistently, will go a long way toward getting this leveraged company back on the climbing chainlift.
GSI sports nearly $2 a share in cash on its debt-free balance sheet. As more companies gravitate online -- and flock to GSI to lead the way -- profits should improve. Based on this year's estimated revenues, the company is trading at a respectable 1.4 times sales. That's dirt-cheap in the dot-com sector.
Selling insurance is hard enough in person, so it's easy to see why it's even tougher online. However, auto insurance has different dynamics than the personal nature of term-life policies. That's why InsWeb is geared mostly toward hooking up drivers with coverage for their cars.
Revenues dipped this past quarter as the company lost some key insurers in its marketplace and had another quote provider tweak its operating model to InsWeb's detriment. However, as bad as things were, this Green Gene only burned through $2 million of its cash hoard. In other words, at this rate the company has more than a couple of years to get it right. In an era in which most dot-coms have either carved out profitable lives or folded, InsWeb is an odd cat. Yet as more people grow comfortable with the Internet and the economy improves to allow folks the luxury of taking out term-life policies or upgrading their car, health, or homeowners insurance plans online, InsWeb will be sitting someplace new -- pretty.
Yes, the company generates a third of its sales through the mighty Wal-Mart
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Aristotle Munarriz enjoys mining the low-priced stock field, though the only company he owns in today's column trades in the double-digits -- Cedar Fair. Rick's stock holdings can be viewed online, as can the Fool's disclosure policy.