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Companies take different paths to growth. Over the years, this Canadian company has steadily acquired a series of small firms with specialized expertise and integrated them into a large organization that can undertake a wide range of projects. And this year, it has joined the ranks of Canadian dividend stocks.
STANTEC INC. (Toronto symbol STN; www.stantec.com) sells a range of consulting, project delivery, design/build and technology services. The company’s clients operate in a wide variety of markets, including industry, environment, transportation and construction. Stantec has over 11,000 employees at 170 locations throughout North America. It also has four international offices.
In the three months ended December 31, 2011, the company’s revenue rose 12.6%, to $432.0 million from $383.7 million a year earlier. Acquisitions were part of the reason for the gains.Look at the latest figures from the undisputed independent authority on investment newsletters, Hulbert Financial Digest. They show that The Successful Investor has beaten the Wilshire 5000 Total Stock Market Index with a spectacular 16.7% compounded over each of the last 10 years. That’s more than 100% better than the index’s 7.9% average! That means that during a decade that included some of the most wrenching downturns in stock market history, The Successful Investor posted remarkable returns for our readers. Pat McKeough tracks three different portfolios for readers of The Successful Investor—one for Conservative Growth, one for Aggressive Growth and one for Income-Seeking Investors. And subscribers get free updates and advice on the stocks they’re following every week in the E-mail/Telephone Hotline. We are happy to offer you a bargain-priced, no-risk introduction to The Successful Investor. It gives you the first month FREE. Act now. Click here.
Stantec is also working on a number of new projects. Before one-time items, earnings rose 4.3%, to $24.3 million, or $0.53 a share, from $23.3 million, or $0.51 a share.
The company continues to grow by acquisition. In 2011, it bought five companies. Together, these firms added 725 staff to Stantec’s workforce.
Stantec has begun paying dividends for the first time with a quarterly payment of $0.15 a share in April 2012. Based on the current price, the shares will yield 1.9%.
In the latest edition of Stock Pickers Digest, we examine whether Stantec can successfully counter the risks inherent in its acquisitions policy with its integrated sales policies and cost cutting measures. We conclude with our clear buy-hold-sell advice.
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