Investors see an opportunity in industrial services company Cape PLC (LON:CIU).
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At number ten in the latest "Top Ten Buys" list* is Cape (LSE: CIU). Cape is an international company that provides industrial services, mainly to plant operators in the oil and gas, power generation, chemical, minerals and mining sectors, and to major engineering & construction contractors.
Cape's performance over the last several years has been erratic, to say the least: a graph of its share price looks like a cross-section of the Himalayas. Small fortunes may have been lost on it -- between 2000 and 2002, the shares crashed by 90% -- but it has also provided some excellent gains for lucky (and, perhaps, brave) investors -- between November 2002 and July 2011 Cape rose 100-fold in value, from a nadir of 6p to a peak of 600p.
Cape's fallen a long way off that 600p, having issued no less than three profit warnings, and currently trades at 233p, so why might people think it's a good investment now?
Well, the company's got a new management team, led by a CEO (Joe Oatley) and chairman (Tim Eggar) who've both been putting significant skin in the game -- they've bought over £600,000 of Cape shares between them since their appointments.
In last August's interim results the company said it had a substantial forward order book of close to £1bn, which should help bolster its near-term revenues. And Cape is looking to profit from the burgeoning global liquid natural gas export market, by using its expertise in cryogenic installations.
It may not be a company for the faint-of-heart, and any recovery is unlikely to bring the 100-fold rewards of earlier years. But there are clearly some investors who believe that Cape is poised to deliver another market-beating return over the next few months, or perhaps even years.
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> Jon doesn't own shares in Cape. The Motley Fool does own shares in Cape.
* based on aggregate data from The Motley Fool ShareDealing Service.