Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, French waste management and water supply company Veolia Environnement
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Veolia's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Paris (1853)|
|Market Cap||$6.4 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$49.5 billion|
|Management||CEO Antoine Frerot (since 2009)
CFO Pierre-Francois Riolacci (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||4%|
|Cash/Debt||$8.6 billion / $28.3 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, Clint35 wrote that Veolia was just too beaten down to pass up: "Very cheap with a good dividend. ... I just hope they don't have to cut it. But even if they do the stock is so cheap the dividend is just a bonus."
Veolia even sports a particularly paltry price-to-cash flow of 1.5. That represents a clear discount to competitors like GE (5.1), Siemens (8.6), and Waste Management (6.3).
CAPS member NeuroNerd elaborates on the bargain opportunity:
An international giant providing essential services (water, garbage collection, energy, etc) trading for a cheaper price than during the financial crisis? With water looking set to be worth its weight in [insert favorite commodity here] over the long run? YES. Euro concerns probably overblown -- a quarter of revenues coming in from outside the EU, and another half from Germany and France, the strongest members of the EU. Sure, they're levered to the hilt and the dividend may take a cut, but ... I think the upside's a heckuva lot more compelling than the downside from here.
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