However, this has presented a great opportunity as now, Amec is extremely undervalued and there are a number of catalysts that could drive the companys shares higher during 2015. So, heres why Amec is my growth pick for 2015.
A rough year
Amec has had a rough year. For the six months to June revenues dipped by 7%, from nearly 2bn to 1.85bn. Pre-tax profits fell around 30% from 118m to 83m.
Management attributed this poor performance to currency headwinds, as well asthe winding down of work on Canadian oil sands projects. Indeed, a strong pound reduced Amecs order book growth to only 7% for the period, compared to 16% in constant currency. Most of Amecs business is done in dollars, so the company is particularly susceptible to the dollar-sterling exchange rate.
Still, Amecs services are in demand and this is likely to continue despite the falling oil price. Specifically, Amec is not a pure oil and gas contractor the company is well diversified and has been branching out, away from greenfield upstream oil and gas markets, for some time.
Instead, Amec has been concentrating on the clean energy market and Middle Eastern Oil and Gas.Clean energy is the companys fastest growing business. Amec also operates in the mining, nuclear power and infrastructure sectors.
All in all, Amec has a strong existing business model but the companys acquisition ofFoster Wheeler, which has only just been completed, is the real reason why I believe the company is set for growth during 2015.
You see, the market has quickly written off this deal, despite the synergies and additional business it will generate for the company.
Amec paid $3.3bn in cash and stock for Foster Wheeler, aglobal engineering conglomerate, which providesconstruction services, energy equipment, and environmental services to the petroleum, chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, power markets a well-diversified business.
Themerged entity is set to earn95.9p per share during 2015, on revenues of 6.2bn. At present levels, this means that Amec is trading at a lowly forward P/E of 8.8. Moreover, Amecs shares currently support a dividend yield of around 5%. The payout is covered twice by earnings per share.
And even after Amecs multi-billion dollar acquisition of Foster Wheeler, Amec is still on the hunt for bolt-on acquisitions that can bolster the companys growth. Within the last week the group has acquiredScopus Group,a market-leading laser scanning, dimensional control and lean engineering company.
Overall, Amec has been oversold and investors have failed to realise the companys full potential. Thats why the group is the perfect growth pick for 2015.
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