L.B. Foster: Hidden Value In A Post Acquisition Development

Nov. 30, 2022 8:11 AM ETL.B. Foster Company (FSTR)3 Comments
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  • In a base case scenario where FSTR generates $550m sales, 7% EBITDA margin and $6m capex, it should make $20m FCF.
  • VanHooseCo acquisition for $52m increased debt but the new facility becomes operational post-acquisition date hence yet to report any significant profits.
  • Trades at 1.0x TBV which should offer some protection from a permanent capital loss.
  • In Aug-22 and Sep-22, insiders W. Thalman (CFO) and J. Kasel (CEO) acquired shares at $11.5 to $15.2 price level.

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L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ:FSTR), founded in 1902 in Pennsylvania, is a global solutions provider of engineered, manufactured products and services that support infrastructure projects. The company maintains locations in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. 75% of sales

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