Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, nuclear equipment specialist Babcock & Wilcox
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at B&W's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Charlotte, N.C. (1867)|
|Market Cap||$3.35 billion|
|Industry||Heavy electrical equipment|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.67 billion|
CEO Brandon Bethards (since November 2008)
CFO Michael Taff (since July 2010)
|Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin||5.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$178 million / $8.2 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, all 57 members who have rated B&W so far believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include circaclown and fellow Fool Rich Duprey (TMFCop), who is ranked in the top 20% of our community.
Just last week, circaclown tapped B&W's recent contract wins as a particularly positive sign: "More than $2.5 billion in contracts already awarded. ... [That] says a lot about management's ability and reputation. Not just the management but company's reputation of making stuff that decision makers are willing to buy."
Shares of B&W are up a solid 24% from its opening-day close since being spun off from McDermott
Rich expands on the atomic opportunity:
The smaller, modular style of reactor B&W is planning will be a disruptive force in the nuclear industry. Factory-built and delivered to the site ready to "plug-and-play," it can be scaled up as necessary to meet customers' growing demand.
The key will be getting the design approved, and even though smaller in size no one wants a nuclear power plant in their backyard. These are traditional concerns for a very untraditional technology however, and B&W should be able to overcome these obstacles.
The stock has soared since its spinoff last summer, but should be a good long-term addition to a portfolio.
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