One of the main things that makes Chicago Bridge & Iron so interesting to me at this point in time is their involvement in the high activity of building the infrastructures needed to support the rapidly increasing production of natural gas and liquids due to the influx of available shale in the U.S. There is a high demand for CB&I’s services, and the number of infrastructures in the U.S. related to natural gas is expected to continue to increase through at least 2020.
Chicago Bridge & Iron has also recently acquired one of its competitors, Shaw Group, in December of 2012. According to Philip K. Asherman, President and CEO of CB&I, this new acquisition now makes CB&I “the most complete energy infrastructure focused company in the world.”
Chicago Bridge & Iron is currently trading close to its 52-week high and has a current P/E ratio of 20.22 with a Forward P/E ratio of 11.94. Some of the statistics that I find alluring about CBI are its Operating Margin of 8.3% (higher than 84% of its peers) and its 22.1% Return on Equity (higher than 95% of its competitors).
CBI has doubled its earnings from .52 cents per share in Q3 of 2010 to $1.04 per share in Q2 of 2013, beating estimates ten out of the twelve quarters. According to analysts, this trend in rising earnings isn’t going to stop here. Below is a chart displaying the 140% increase in share price of the company during this period.
Analysts and Gurus
Thomson Reuters currently has CBI rated as “Positive”, while SmartConsensus has it rates as a “Buy”. Standard & Poor’s has CBI at a rating of 4 stars.
In the first quarter of 2013, Warren Buffett purchased 6,508,600 shares of CBI at an average of $52.76 a share as the newest addition to his portfolio. He has since added to his holdings of CBI in the second quarter of 2013 by purchasing an additional 3,042,155 shares at an average price of $58.09 a share. Chicago Bridge & Iron is currently trading at $61.37.
What I Like To Look For
Market Cap: $6.59 billion
P/E Ratio: 20.22
Forward P/E Ratio: 11.94
P/B Ratio: 3.2
PEG Ratio: 0.6
Revenue: Average growth of 13.3% over the last 10 years, and 55.3% over the last 12 months.
EBITDA: Average growth of 20.7% over the last 10 years, and 41.5% over the last 12 months.
Earnings: Average growth of 27.5% over the last 5 years.
Peter Lynch Chart:
Disclosure: No current position held at the time of writing.
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