Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, construction and engineering services specialist Foster Wheeler
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Foster Wheeler's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Foster Wheeler facts
|Headquarters (founded)||Geneva (1894)|
|Market Cap||$4.46 billion|
|Industry||Construction and engineering|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$4.07 billion|
|Management||Interim CEO Umberto Sala (since 2010)
CFO Franco Baseotto (since 2007)
|Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)||34.7%|
|Cash / Debt||$1.06 billion / $164.6 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97.5% of the 1,752 members who have rated Foster Wheeler believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include llandes1 and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community.
Earlier this month, llandes1 touched on the tailwinds working in Foster Wheeler's favor: "The entire construction industry has been lacking for a few years now. Global stimulus and aging long lived assets should be triggering a renewed interest in [investment in fixed capital] and general CAPEX."
In fact, Foster Wheeler's three-year average return on capital of 34.7% easily tops that of competitors Fluor (18.3%), Jacobs Engineering (14.1%), and KBR (13.9%).
Just last week, All-Star TSIF advised Fools to pounce on the stock's recent weakness:
In a market sell off, sometimes you have to look for excess selling. Doesn't mean the market won't drop more, but a 13% drop on a solid company with no news reported when the market drops 3% is worth a look. Foster Wheeler Ltd has had a recent history of disappointing on earnings. Overall, however, they are in a niche position as energy prices rise and more projects in the oil patch and power prodeuction are likely to be started. While margins are typically in the 6-8% range, ROE is a healthy 30%. Cash flow is solid and earnings have been consistant qoq the last year. Cash on hand well exceeds debt.
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