4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Aegion

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial pipeline services specialist Aegion (Nasdaq: AEGN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Aegion's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Aegion facts

  
Headquarters (Founded)Chesterfield, Mo. (1980)
Market Cap$618.5 million
IndustryConstruction and engineering
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$921.2 million
ManagementCEO J. Joseph Burgess (since 2008)
CFO David Martin (since 2007)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)7.6%
Cash/Debt$108 million / $123.5 million

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 201 members who have rated Aegion believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include latinoeconomist and NHWeston.

This past summer, latinoeconomist listed a few of Aegion's positives: "Strong growth, focus on profitability, currently undervalued."

In fact, Aegion currently sports a cheapish forward P/E of 9.6. That represents a discount to more common construction and engineering plays like Fluor (NYS: FLR) (14.1), Jacobs Engineering (NYS: JEC) (12.8), and KBR (NYS: KBR) (10.5).

CAPS member NHWeston elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

This company is badly down from its highs and for no particular reason than the current financial malaise. Yet, it straddles a number of key growth industries and commodities -- water, sewers, pipelines, purification, infrastructure. They may not make big-pig buck off of Irene, but the hurricane has helped to demonstrate how very badly even rural areas need pipeline upgrades and replacement. ...[S]olid long term play just now being discovered.

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