Foster Wheeler: Major Contract Win Should Power This Cheap Construction Firm

Aug.24.12 | About: Amec Foster (AMFW)

Shares of Foster Wheeler moved higher Thursday in a down market on a major new contract with Petrobras (NYSE:PBR) to build a gas-to-liquids facility in Brazil. The company also announced earlier in the week that it is opening a new office in the U.K. due to the strong demand in the upstream business there.

I think these aspects of energy infrastructure (60% of overall company revenues) are going to be strong over the next few years as companies like Cheniere Energy (NYSEMKT:LNG) get financing in place from sources like Blackstone (NYSE:BX) and Asian wealth funds to build multi-billion dollar plants to turn natural gas into liquid. I believe the stock is in the early innings of a significant move up.

"Foster Wheeler AG (FWLT) operates as an engineering and construction contractor, and power generating equipment supplier worldwide." (Business description from Yahoo Finance)

6 additional reasons FWLT is a solid value pick up at $21 a share:

  1. The company has over $600mm in net cash on its balance sheet (more than 25% of market capitalization).
  2. The 15 analysts that cover the stock have a median price target of $27 a share on FWLT, some 30% above its current stock price.
  3. The stock is selling near the bottom of its five year valuation range based on P/S, P/CF and P/B.
  4. Even before this latest contract win, analysts expected the company to bounce back with double digit revenue growth in FY2013. The stock has a tiny five year projected PEG (.52) as well.
  5. FWLT is selling at just over 10 times forward earnings (under 8 backing out net cash), a discount to its five year average (13.5).
  6. The stock has bounced off long term technical support and just busted through its 200 day moving average today. (see chart).

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Disclosure: I am long FWLT, BX. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.