FSTR Stock Overview
L.B. Foster Company provides products and services for the rail industry and solutions to support critical infrastructure projects worldwide.
L.B. Foster Competitors
Price History & Performance
|Historical stock prices|
|Current Share Price||US$14.72|
|52 Week High||US$19.47|
|52 Week Low||US$12.62|
|1 Month Change||12.37%|
|3 Month Change||-7.77%|
|1 Year Change||-2.58%|
|3 Year Change||-16.84%|
|5 Year Change||-1.87%|
|Change since IPO||246.35%|
Recent News & Updates
L.B. Foster (NASDAQ:FSTR) Takes On Some Risk With Its Use Of Debt
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|FSTR||US Machinery||US Market|
Return vs Industry: FSTR underperformed the US Machinery industry which returned 6.6% over the past year.
Return vs Market: FSTR underperformed the US Market which returned 4.2% over the past year.
|FSTR Average Weekly Movement||6.4%|
|Machinery Industry Average Movement||4.9%|
|Market Average Movement||6.7%|
|10% most volatile stocks in US Market||15.4%|
|10% least volatile stocks in US Market||2.4%|
Stable Share Price: FSTR is not significantly more volatile than the rest of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 6% a week.
Volatility Over Time: FSTR's weekly volatility (6%) has been stable over the past year.
About the Company
L.B. Foster Company provides products and services for the rail industry and solutions to support critical infrastructure projects worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Rail Technologies and Services; and Infrastructure Solutions. The Rail Technologies and Services segment offers new rail to passenger and short line freight railroads, industrial companies, and rail contractors; used rails; rail accessories, including track spikes and anchors, bolts, angle bars, tie plates, and other products; power rail, direct fixation fasteners, coverboards, and special accessories; and trackwork products, as well as engineers and manufactures insulated rail joints and related accessories.
L.B. Foster Fundamentals Summary
|FSTR fundamental statistics|
Is FSTR overvalued?See Fair Value and valuation analysis
Earnings & Revenue
|FSTR income statement (TTM)|
|Cost of Revenue||US$427.28m|
Last Reported Earnings
Sep 30, 2021
Next Earnings Date
|Earnings per share (EPS)||0.57|
|Net Profit Margin||1.19%|
How did FSTR perform over the long term?See historical performance and comparison
Is L.B. Foster undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?
Price to Earnings (PE) ratio
Share Price vs. Fair Value
Below Fair Value: Insufficient data to calculate FSTR's fair value to establish if it is undervalued.
Significantly Below Fair Value: Insufficient data to calculate FSTR's fair value to establish if it is undervalued.
Price To Earnings Ratio
PE vs Industry: FSTR is good value based on its PE Ratio (25.9x) compared to the US Machinery industry average (28x).
PE vs Market: FSTR is poor value based on its PE Ratio (25.9x) compared to the US market (16.5x).
Price to Earnings Growth Ratio
PEG Ratio: FSTR is good value based on its PEG Ratio (0.6x)
Price to Book Ratio
PB vs Industry: FSTR is good value based on its PB Ratio (0.9x) compared to the US Machinery industry average (2.7x).
How is L.B. Foster forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 1 analyst?
Forecasted annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts
Analyst Future Growth Forecasts
Earnings vs Savings Rate: FSTR's forecast earnings growth (45.1% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).
Earnings vs Market: FSTR's earnings (45.1% per year) are forecast to grow faster than the US market (13% per year).
High Growth Earnings: earnings are expected to grow significantly over the next 3 years.
Revenue vs Market: FSTR's revenue is expected to decline over the next 3 years (-1.2% per year).
High Growth Revenue: FSTR's revenue is forecast to decline over the next 3 years (-1.2% per year).
Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts
Future Return on Equity
Future ROE: Insufficient data to determine if FSTR's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time
How has L.B. Foster performed over the past 5 years?
Historical annual earnings growth
Earnings and Revenue History
Quality Earnings: FSTR has a large one-off gain of $2.1M impacting its September 30 2021 financial results.
Growing Profit Margin: FSTR's current net profit margins (1.2%) are lower than last year (10.3%).
Past Earnings Growth Analysis
Earnings Trend: FSTR has become profitable over the past 5 years, growing earnings by 66.8% per year.
Accelerating Growth: FSTR's has had negative earnings growth over the past year, so it can't be compared to its 5-year average.
Earnings vs Industry: FSTR had negative earnings growth (-88.5%) over the past year, making it difficult to compare to the Machinery industry average (34.4%).
Return on Equity
High ROE: FSTR's Return on Equity (3.3%) is considered low.
How is L.B. Foster's financial position?
Financial Position Analysis
Short Term Liabilities: FSTR's short term assets ($194.6M) exceed its short term liabilities ($97.9M).
Long Term Liabilities: FSTR's short term assets ($194.6M) exceed its long term liabilities ($79.5M).
Debt to Equity History and Analysis
Debt Level: FSTR's net debt to equity ratio (14.4%) is considered satisfactory.
Reducing Debt: FSTR's debt to equity ratio has reduced from 78.4% to 17.9% over the past 5 years.
Debt Coverage: FSTR's operating cash flow is negative, therefore debt is not well covered.
Interest Coverage: FSTR's interest payments on its debt are not well covered by EBIT (2.3x coverage).
What is L.B. Foster current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?
Dividend Yield vs Market
Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate FSTR's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
High Dividend: Unable to evaluate FSTR's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any recent payouts.
Stability and Growth of Payments
Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if FSTR's dividends per share have been stable in the past.
Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if FSTR's dividend payments have been increasing.
Current Payout to Shareholders
Dividend Coverage: FSTR is not paying a notable dividend for the US market.
Future Payout to Shareholders
Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of FSTR's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.
How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?
Average management tenure
John Kasel (56 yo)
Mr. John F. Kasel has been President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of L.B. Foster Company since July 21, 2021. He served as Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer L.B.Foster Company sin...
CEO Compensation Analysis
Compensation vs Market: John's total compensation ($USD1.09M) is about average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD1.14M).
Compensation vs Earnings: John's compensation has increased by more than 20% whilst company earnings have fallen more than 20% in the past year.
Experienced Management: FSTR's management team is not considered experienced ( 0.9 years average tenure), which suggests a new team.
Experienced Board: FSTR's board of directors are considered experienced (7.1 years average tenure).
Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?
Insider Trading Volume
Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.
Recent Insider Transactions
Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.
L.B. Foster Company's employee growth, exchange listings and data sources
- Name: L.B. Foster Company
- Ticker: FSTR
- Exchange: NasdaqGS
- Founded: 1902
- Industry: Industrial Machinery
- Sector: Capital Goods
- Implied Market Cap: US$159.478m
- Shares outstanding: 10.83m
- Website: https://www.lbfoster.com
Number of Employees
- L.B. Foster Company
- 415 Holiday Drive
- Suite 100
- United States
Company Analysis and Financial Data Status
|Data||Last Updated (UTC time)|
|Company Analysis||2022/01/26 00:52|
|End of Day Share Price||2022/01/25 00:00|
Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.