Okay, I’ve read the report from BAS and can comfortably say that those who are pressing BAS shares lower are mentally unhinged.
Today – October 24, 2014 – a prospective investor could purchase shares of BAS for about $13.60. BAS just reported earnings of $0.24 a share, up from $0.06 last quarter. At a current book value of just under $7; and even playing coy and considering BAS earnings of $0.15 a quarter from here forward; BAS is priced with a risk threshold of just 11 years.
At the most recent earnings of $0.24, that threshold drops to a theoretical breakeven point of just under 7 years.
BAS is priced perfectly reasonably, and that gets you exposure to a company that grew revenues an additional 10% in the last three months. Year over year, BAS is growing at a more than 20% clip.
BAS hit these numbers without even factoring in additional operation capacity that is being brought online later this year. Consider for example completion and remedial services, where as of September 30, 2014, Basic had roughly 413,000 HHP up from approximately 351,000 HHP at the end of the previous quarter and 292,000 HHP as of September 30, 2013 – that’s a 42% increase in capacity.
But oil prices are going to render that excess capacity worthless, right? Actually I defer to the CEO on this subject:
“We have not seen a reduction of activity by our customers due to the recent decline in oil prices, and none have indicated reductions in their 2015 growth plans. Early indications of these capital spending programs look to be slightly higher than 2014 levels. We will monitor utilization rates closely and should we see any meaningful pullback, we will react quickly as we have historically.”
So to recap; BAS is a company growing at a rate that makes it the envy of the party, which even excluding any additional growth is moderately priced, down 9% today because people are concerned, mind you, that maybe the industry might slow down (of which there is no indication whatsoever that BAS would be hurt disproportionately or even that that is happening).
Let me put this all into perspective for you. You could go out today and buy shares of BAS for the same price that you could get them last year when the company was losing $0.17 per share per quarter. The market is giving BAS no premium whatsoever for going from an unprofitable company, to a profitable one.
Jesus! – (punches a brick wall in his office) I hate it when the market does dumb shit like this!
I have just mentally budgeted an additional 10% of my asset allocation solely for the purchase of BAS shares until such time as I shall be either satisfied, or badly wounded.
Today, my account stands about 95% long. I am willing to take it to 105% on margin exclusively for the acquisition of BAS shares, not counting on any other purchases I might elect to make or future sales.
First buy order comes at $12.