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Below is a 3-month chart of Greenman Technologies Inc (AMEX: GRN) compared to KBF Pollution management, Inc. (OTCBB: KBFP) and Pollution Index (POL).
Looking for Green
First of all, "classifications" can be confusing. GRN is classified as "business services", yet their S&P Company Report classifies them as "capital goods: environmental services" and KBFP is classified as "waste management services".
Trusting numbers is another issue. Market Guide portrays information to be current, yet based on their recent announcements of sales and earnings for 3rd quarter ending Sept 30, neither GRN or KBFP's is exact. Data often isn't enough, you have to look deeper to find green.
Clearly both companies are undervalued. Their industry classifications show very high P/E ratios. Makes you think your looking at Microsoft's numbers about 10 years ago. GRN is outperforming its industry average and based on those averages, if it traded equal to its peer group stock should be priced around $3.50 not $2.00 where it currently trades. KBFP on other hand has an even higher P/E ratio for its industry classification; Market Guide's figures appear to be wrong. KBFP announced on 11/14/02 that its sales had increased 50% for quarter in comparison to same period in prior year and its earnings were reported to be $273,508 for period ending compared to $109,700 for previous year! So based on that recent announcement, KBFP is also undervalued. If it traded equal to its peer group stock should be priced around $0.10 not $0.06 where it currently trades.
Let's examine why Axcess Business News believes these are safe investments. The five year earnings per share growth estimates for GRN's industry classification is 17.67%. Is your sagging portfolio of Telco stocks giving you that? I don't think so! GRN has debt, yet they've been very aggressive in expanding through acquisition and only recently listed to AMEX from OTCBB in September. KBFP's industry classification (5yr earnings per share growth estimates) is 25.93%. We like those kinds of numbers even better.
Both of these green investment companies have been aggressive and showing stellar improvements in their sales and earnings. They both have a lot of debt. But they both have a consistent market and most likely Market Guide's 5-year industry averages are close to reality. Give those 5yr averages a 50% haircut and you've still got a good return. Better than DJIA, certainly better than money markets or certificates of deposit and there's room for appreciation as both companies are trading about 50% lower than their industry average.
Axcess Business News thinks that KBFP may be on same path as GRN. They too are postured for growth and if they begin to go after acquisitions and list up to AMEX (remember, GRN was on OTCBB) it could easily catch up to its peer group. GRN on other hand has a head start and based on its prior growth investors may see more acquisitions happening.
Axcess Business News will continue to report on activities of these companies for our readers as it's sure to interest investors. Members should watch for an Axcess News Alert in their in-box! If your not a member, consider subscribing now and you can get these great market alerts too!
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Ms. Mooche is the senior financial columnist for Axcess Business News. She was Senior Analyst with Axiom Capital Corportion prior to becoming a Wall Street columnist and financial journalist. Her columns include, Inside Wall Street and Axcessing The Analysts.