American Science & Engineering (ASEI) develops X-ray inspection and other detection technologies for security markets. During the past three years, it has boosted revenue 16% annually, on average, and net income 14% a year.
Quarter: Fiscal fourth-quarter profit soared 50% to $12 million, or $1.34, as revenue rose 24%. The operating margin widened from 23% to 25%. American Science & Engineering has $179 million of cash and $7.1 million of long-term debt.
Stock: American Science & Engineering has appreciated 18% during the past year, lagging behind U.S. stock indices. It trades at a price-to-book ratio of 3, a 40% discount to the industry average. It's expensive based on projected earnings.
Consensus: Of firms rating American Science and Engineering, three, or 43%, advocate purchasing its shares and four advise holding them.
The Benchmark Co. forecast that the stock will advance another 23% to $90.
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