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Aegion's Unit to Rehabilitate Michigan's Wastewater Pipelines

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Aegion Corporation’s AEGN subsidiary, Insituform Technologies, LLC (“Insituform”) has inked a $9.1-million deal to renovate Michigan’s wastewater pipelines that are approximately 11,000 feet and 30- to 72-inch in diameter.

Per the contract, the company will also rehabilitate sewer siphons, manholes, siphon chambers and a junction chamber. The project is likely to begin in October 2019 and will be completed by the end of 2020.

Solid Rehabilitation Projects to Aid Top Line

Since 1971, Aegion has maintained its market leadership position in the remediation of wastewater pipelines in North America using the CIPP technology.

Over the past 10 years, the company’s Infrastructure Solutions business has completed several large wastewater pipeline projects within the city. The business — which accounted for 48.8% of second-quarter 2019 revenues — is the largest contributor to top-line growth and remains committed to maintain its market leadership position in the rehabilitation of pipelines.

Aegion’s Insituform CIPP is a trenchless, jointless and seamless pipe-within-a-pipe solution that is used to rehabilitate pipes of numerous diameters. Notably, the Insituform CIPP is the first trenchless technology for renovating wastewater pipelines without making extreme expense and disruption, replacing the conventional “dig-and-replace” methods. The CIPP technology is the largest contributor to the segment’s top-line growth.

Notably, the company’s second-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings grew 9% year over year, despite a 4.9% decrease in consolidated revenues. The upside mainly stemmed from strong Infrastructure Solutions business, and significant top and bottom-line growth from Energy Services.

This market leader in the rehabilitation of wastewater pipelines in North America expects a modest improvement in adjusted EPS for the current year on the back of its strong backlog position and market outlook for core businesses. Particularly in the Infrastructure Solutions business, it predicts revenue growth to be 2-4% after adjusting for the effect of exited or to-be-exited operations, supported by estimated improvements in crew productivity and project mix within North America CIPP.

Notably, Aegion’s shares have gained 26.1% in the past six months compared with its industry’s growth of 13.7%. Estimates for 2019 have moved north over the past 60 days, reflecting analysts’ optimism surrounding the company’s prospects. Contract wins like the latest one are expected to help it in the upcoming quarters as well.

Zacks Rank & Other Key Picks

Aegion currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Other top-ranked stocks in the same space include Construction Partners, Inc. ROAD, frontdoor, inc. FTDR and Quanex Building Products Corporation NX, each carrying a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

Construction Partners’ earnings for the current quarter are expected to grow 20.7%.

frontdoor has a three-five year expected EPS growth rate of 15.5%.

Quanex’s earnings growth rate is projected at 46.2% for the current year.

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