Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ:LAYN)

CAPS Rating: 2 out of 5

The Company provides drilling and construction services and related products in two principal markets: water and wastewater infrastructure and mineral exploration, as well as being a producer of unconventional natural gas for the energy market.

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Member Avatar silentrumble (89.18) Submitted: 11/5/2012 7:33:48 PM : Outperform Start Price: $22.69 LAYN Score: -111.59

New CEO Robichaud has a history of successful turn-arounds. By bringing a focus on ROI, Layne should improve margins significantly in the coming years. Company shares are selling close to book value.

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Member Avatar MichiganBull (35.97) Submitted: 8/22/2012 11:31:00 AM : Outperform Start Price: $20.80 LAYN Score: -109.34

retrade

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Member Avatar GunnarVagotis (96.85) Submitted: 11/19/2010 3:42:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $31.99 LAYN Score: -148.02

Nice looking small cap in an important industry.

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Member Avatar wax (97.31) Submitted: 4/5/2010 5:15:48 AM : Outperform Start Price: $25.46 LAYN Score: -144.77

We posted an article on our blog about this stock, and sure enough as we had anticipated, the stock did pull back, so we added 1000 shares to our real world portfolio, paying $24.72 per share. We just weren't smart enough at the time to add it to our CAPS portfolio, something we are trying remedy today.

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Member Avatar TZX10 (< 20) Submitted: 2/16/2010 9:55:23 AM : Outperform Start Price: $26.42 LAYN Score: -161.24

Solid balance sheet in a company that has next to no debt to drag it down like a stone around its neck. Excellent company structure. This is a company that knows how to run lean and mean in the times where it counts and therefore maximizes profits.

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Member Avatar viasyncro (< 20) Submitted: 1/4/2009 11:26:12 PM : Outperform Start Price: $23.30 LAYN Score: -194.44

Water construction company

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Member Avatar cmf (56.21) Submitted: 12/10/2008 10:54:28 AM : Outperform Start Price: $16.09 LAYN Score: -187.97

Infrastructure potential w/ an energy play you gotta like it!

Buy it.

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Member Avatar OtherOracleOfOMA (31.41) Submitted: 11/8/2008 6:05:32 PM : Outperform Start Price: $24.08 LAYN Score: -191.09

The water and sewage systems in many US cities are falling apart, and the developing world needs new ones built. Very nice growth rates & significantly undervalued.

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Member Avatar plue123 (45.91) Submitted: 9/15/2008 4:08:39 PM : Outperform Start Price: $38.90 LAYN Score: -162.22

Great Small business, general consensus is sound management. Also fairly well diversified in water, exploration, and energy.

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Member Avatar binv271828 (< 20) Submitted: 5/30/2008 5:36:53 PM : Outperform Start Price: $47.04 LAYN Score: -135.20

Water play. Water is a valuable resource and will only become more valuable (unless populations start declining). Has business in both water distribtution and wastewater handling. I also like the mineral exploration and unconvential natural gas producer aspect. Nice bonus!.

I like the industry a lot. LAYN has a fair amount of debt (D/E is about 0.1), but seem manageable. But they are growing like crazy. EPS Growth of 42 compared to PE of 22 is a nice incentive for a highly growing company in an increasingly important market.

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Member Avatar fsree4 (< 20) Submitted: 5/24/2008 3:29:42 PM : Outperform Start Price: $46.72 LAYN Score: -139.19

Drilling for water, geothermal, and oil reserves.... need I say more?

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Member Avatar jatava (59.98) Submitted: 5/21/2008 10:33:12 PM : Outperform Start Price: $48.12 LAYN Score: -137.93

9.000

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Member Avatar Tink9470 (63.82) Submitted: 5/12/2008 8:53:12 PM : Underperform Start Price: $47.05 LAYN Score: +136.43

Layne is another energy company who continues to drill and acquire land for future drilling. They take good care of their landownders and are planning for a bright future in the natural gas industry.

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Member Avatar Cuchulainn1 (< 20) Submitted: 4/25/2008 5:35:04 PM : Outperform Start Price: $43.66 LAYN Score: -135.80

Lets see, Layne is involved in natural gas (bull market), mineral exploration (bull market), and water infastructure (bull market).

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Member Avatar ikekonte (20.45) Submitted: 4/10/2008 2:40:59 PM : Outperform Start Price: $43.11 LAYN Score: -139.80

This company is in the oild servicing business. The price of oil in the international market is very high. All companies involved in the oil and gas business will definitely see gains and prifits in the coming week.

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Member Avatar RunninRebel23 (64.73) Submitted: 4/8/2008 3:49:56 PM : Outperform Start Price: $44.28 LAYN Score: -139.85

This company has consistently made committments to sharholders and emloyees of the company.

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Member Avatar fdean24 (28.41) Submitted: 4/8/2008 2:05:10 PM : Outperform Start Price: $44.27 LAYN Score: -140.01

Good short term performance

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Member Avatar Toddq34 (< 20) Submitted: 4/8/2008 10:45:15 AM : Outperform Start Price: $41.41 LAYN Score: -138.36

Layne Christensen Co., which provides drilling and construction services, said Tuesday its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings soared 44 percent, mostly due to growth in its mineral exploration division.

The company earned $9.6 million, or 50 cents per share, compared with $6.7 million, or 42 cents per share, in the prior-year period.

Revenue rose 16 percent to $223.6 million, from $193.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

Analysts were expecting a profit of 37 cents per share on revenue of $214.5 million, according to a poll by Thomson Financial.

The company said sales in the mineral exploration division rose 28 percent to $47.6 million in the quarter, helped by strength in Latin America and high metals pricing.

For the full year, the company posted a profit of $37.3 million, or $2.20 per share, compared with $26.3 million, or $1.68 per share, in fiscal 2006.

Revenue jumped 20 percent to $868.3 million.

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Member Avatar soundsound (66.24) Submitted: 4/8/2008 9:53:37 AM : Outperform Start Price: $41.02 LAYN Score: -138.36

Undervalued with great earnings report. One could say their Market Cap doesn't justify stock price, but people are buying the companies potential here.

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Member Avatar SwissFirm (67.20) Submitted: 4/5/2008 11:30:09 PM : Outperform Start Price: $37.29 LAYN Score: -134.93

value through transformations: the u.s infrastructure is really old and as water becomes a much more valuable resource this stock is poised to do very well. Declining infrastructure around the world makes global businesses seek infrastructure companies that are profitable. This is a necessary investment as infrastructure shorfall threatens economic growth.

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