Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, water infrastructure specialist Mueller Water Products
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Mueller's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Market Cap||$381 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.31 billion|
Chairman/CEO Gregory Hyland (since 2007)
CFO Evan Hart (since 2008)
|Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)||1.3%|
|Cash/Debt||$45.8 million / $693 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, JohnnySp touched on the trends working in Mueller's favor:
Water infrastructure is bound to take off as communities and governments look to update crumbling systems. Plus, stands to gain from the inevitable recovery in construction industry. Sports a nice dividend too!
Currently, Mueller even sports a particularly paltry EV/EBITDA of 3.6. That represents a clear discount to other industrial plays like Tyco (6.6), General Electric
CAPS member raulnj48 elaborates on the bargain opportunity:
This stock regularly traded for $14 plus before the financial crisis in 2008. There is an enormous amount of water treatment and distribution infrastructure that needs to be upgraded in this country, and that will be a big opportunity for MWA. While many are concerned that budget issues at many municipalities might continue to postpone or cancel water infrastructure projects, sooner or later most of them will have to happen to maintain water quality and system efficiency. When MWA starts reporting growth and profits, the stock is likely to see strong appreciation from these levels.
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