The company is not going to wow you with a steady earnings profile, as a couple of factors combine to make this a rather cyclical business. First, on the revenue side it relies on purchases from some industries that are rather cyclical. When the economy operates at overcapacity (as it does during a recession), construction projects get shelved. Second, the cost side of this business is rather fixed. In heavy manufacturing, certain amounts of fixed assets are needed to produce the finished goods, so cutting costs when revenue dries up is not an easy thing to do.
But for investors who can stomach the volatile earnings, the stock appears to trade at a discount to its potential earnings. While the company trades for just $6.5 million, it has pulled in net income of over $3 million in just the last 3 years. The company also trades at a 33%+ discount to its book value. Of course, as discussed above, if the economy remains weak, it would not be surprising to see net losses occur, but that's why the company trades at such a low price point; for those who think long term, this could be an excellent entry point.
One other point should be mentioned. This is one of the few Over-The-Counter (OTC) stocks discussed on this site. These stocks do not offer the same protections for investors as stocks traded on exchanges such as the NYSE or Nasdaq. Investors not familiar with these protections may wish to learn about them or stay away for now.
About the author:
Saj KarsanRavi Nagarajan is a private investor and Editor of The Rational Walk website. Ravi focuses on applying value investing techniques to find securities trading well below intrinsic business value. Ravi has over 15 years of experience in the financial markets and started investing on a full time basis in 2009. From 1996 to 2009, Ravi held a number of technical and executive level positions in the commercial software industry. Ravi graduated Summa Cum Laude from Santa Clara University with a degree in finance. Visit his website The Rational Walk