Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, dredging contractor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Great Lakes' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Great Lakes facts
|Headquarters (founded)||Oak Brook, Ill. (1890)|
|Market Cap||$323.5 million|
|Industry||Construction and engineering|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$680.9 million|
CEO Jonathan Berger (since 2010)
CFO Bruce Biemeck (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||7.6%|
|Cash/Debt||$105.7 million / $257.7 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Over the next five years, in fact, Great Lakes is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 20% annually. That's faster than much larger construction and engineering plays such as Fluor
Changes in legislation will require Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to distribute surplus funds to pay for domestic dredging projects. Huge need for domestic dredging work because US ports are shallower than international counterparts (and not deep enough for the largest ships). Expanding the Panama Canal (complete 2014) will only further expand need for deepening of US ports. Federally protected industry means that there are few companies that can compete for these projects.
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