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Our Double on This “Defense” Stock Is Just a Start

8 | By Michael A. Robinson

You know I get stoked when a stock I’ve recommended to you does well. So you can imagine how excited I am that I now get to recommend a stock all over again.

Thanks to a selloff shortly before I first shared this stock with you, we were able to buy this stock relatively cheaply. And since then, just five months ago, the stock has soared 105%.

And I think today’s price, about $56 a share, is still too cheap.

Over the last three years, this company has increased earnings per share by an average of 73%. For now, I’m going to be conservative and assume it grows by only one-third that amount going forward.

That would give us earnings growth rate of 24%. At that rate, profits and the stock price could double again in as little as three years.

This is a stock that provides us with a buffet of choices.

We can sell it and make our double. We can keep it and watch it quadruple. Or we can buy some more, and then watch our portfolios soar higher and our retirements grow more secure.

Today, I want to explain why this stock continues its upward trajectory.

China and Russia‘s $400 billion natural gas deal was one of the first shots in their energy war against the United States and Europe.

This company’s products are a big part of the technology that provides our best defense in this war. And that makes this a “defense” technology we can feel proud about profiting from…

The Quiet War

When I wrote to you on June 6, I noted that Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, had just reached a $400 billion agreement to supply natural gas to China. The massive deal is part of Putin’s scheme to use Russia’s abundant energy supplies to grow his nation’s economy.

This 30-year pact threatens to upset the delicate global balance of power.

See, Europeans rely on Russia for energy supplies, and so they could pay higher prices once all that gas starts going to China. It’s a quiet war that again pits the United States against its longtime adversaries.

And that’s not the only front in this quiet war.

According to an article in Foreign Policy, the head of NATO recently alleged that Putin is financially and strategically backing environmental groups in order to “demonize” hydraulic fracturing, aka “fracking,” in Western Europe.

There’s just one problem with Putin’s agenda…

The United States is itself in the midst of a major natural gas boom. And we’ll likely be supplying Europe with natural gas exports in the near future.

And it’s all because of fracking, the breakthrough technology process of using water, sand and other agents to fracture rocks and earth deep underground – releasing previously inaccessible oil or natural gas.

It’s a highly lucrative technology that gives energy companies economically practical access to vast new deposits of oil and natural gas in those underground bands of shale. And it’s the key technology paving the way for America’s new “energy independence.”

From Imports to Exports

It’s almost impossible to overstate what a huge impact the field of hydraulic fracking has had on the United States.

Consider that as recently 2007 the U.S. government was seriously considering importing natural gas from Russia. And this came from President George W. Bush, a former Texas oil man.

Today, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) says our country could soon become a net exporter of natural gas.

This prediction brings up another key but often overlooked point about the U.S. energy industry. While the United States still imports far too much foreign oil, we rank as the world’s third-largest energy producer.

The sector includes 500,000 wells and 16,000 production facilities whose annual output is worth some $134 billion. We’re also the epicenter for the growing use of fracking to unleash new supplies of oil and natural gas.

Indeed, according to a recent essay in Foreign Affairs magazine, because of fracking “the resulting uptick in energy production has been dramatic.” It goes on to say that America’s use of energy technology means the nation is poised to become an “energy superpower.”

The authors noted that, between 2007 and 2012, U.S. shale gas production rose by more than 50% each year. This sector’s share of total U.S. gas production jumped from 5% to 39% in the period, a nearly eightfold increase.

But fracking doesn’t stop there. It’s having a dramatic effect on oil production as well.

The Foreign Affairs writers noted that during those same five years, output of what’s known as “light, tight oil” entered a massive boom. This is high-quality petroleum found in shale or sandstone, and production here soared some 18-fold during the period.

Profits in Silica Valley

Because of the promise of fracking – not to mention that 105% gain I mentioned – I think we should take another good look at U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. (NYSE: SLCA).

I first told you about this key energy supply firm back on Feb. 7. I predicted that this Frederick, Md.-based outfit faced a “profitable future.”

At the time, we stood to earn a huge payout because SLCA had recently sold off, and I said Wall Street was wrong to punish this stock. I went on to say that U.S. Silica would be a big winner in what I have called the Golden Age of Materials Science.

Miracle Materials have become critical factors in our tech-driven world. I’m referring to things like advanced composites that make jetliners more fuel efficient and new discoveries like graphene that promise to revolutionize computing and biotech.

And then there’s sand…

It’s one of the simplest and most abundant materials on Earth. But when used for things like hydraulic fracking, industrial sand, known as silica, unleashes a gusher of profits for U.S. Silica and its investors.

Since we first talked about SLCA, the stock has soared more than 105% – in just five months. But don’t worry. I still see plenty of upside left.

This midcap company, which dates back to the late 1800s, remains a leader in supplying the silica sand the energy industry must have for hydraulic fracking.

U.S. Silica is a company with strong barriers to entry. It is often the only supplier its customers have. And here’s another exciting part of the story – the firm usually ships the sand by its own rail, truck or barge assets to all the major shale plays in the United States.

That transportation network gives the firm control over its own destiny – and makes it even more attractive to investors. It also means regulators can’t deny freight permits a new company in the field would need to get its fracking sand business up and rolling.

Plus, the company is set to continue an expansion drive it began several years ago. Earlier this month, it received approval from the town of Fairchild, Wis., to begin development of a new fracking sand mine and processing plant.

U.S. Silica says the facility will produce 3 million tons of fracking sand and is expected to open by the fourth quarter of next year. U.S. Silica sold 8.2 million tons of the material last year, so the Wisconsin mine will be a significant growth factor over the next several years.

But the company is much more than just a “pure play” on fracking sand.

Besides its Oil & Gas division, U.S. Silica’s Industrial & Specialty Products division accounts for 40% of sales. The unit provides materials used in auto and mobile device glass, housing and construction chemicals, and even golf courses and volleyball pits. That means we benefit from multiple revenue streams.

With so much going for the company, you might wonder why the stock sold off a few months back in the first place.

Shortly before my first column appeared, U.S. Silica issued preliminary fourth-quarter guidance that missed expectations. The company said severe weather in December limited drilling, which negatively affected sales.
The news sent shares down nearly 13% in two days.

It was a classic Wall Street overreaction.

Since then, U.S. Silica has shown this was a one-time event. In this year’s first quarter, the company said profits rose 6% from the year-ago quarter and raised full-year earnings guidance to the upper end of its previous estimates of $180 million to $200 million.

Trading at roughly $56 a share, SLCA has a $3 billion market cap. It has operating margins of 19%, a return on equity of 26% and a three-year sales growth rate of 35%.

And remember: I’m predicting an earnings growth rate of 24% over the next few years. That would give us another double in just a few years.

In other words, if you missed U.S. Silica when we first talked about it in February, you still have a chance to cash in on this Miracle Materials winner – a company that empowers fracking, the technology that is the United States’ best defense against Russia’s quiet energy war.

This is one of those stocks you’ll be glad you bought, because a growth firm like this can really help improve your net worth.

Related Reports:

Strategic Tech Investor: Score Massive Profits From the Russia-China Energy Deal

Foreign Policy: Russia’s Quiet War Against European Fracking

Foreign Affairs: America’s Energy Edge: The Geopolitical Consequences of the Shale Revolution

Strategic Tech Investor: The Sell-Off Gave Us This “Miracle Material” Bargain of the Year”

8 Responses to Our Double on This “Defense” Stock Is Just a Start

  1. George L Holloway says:

    Have you given any thought to (1) the dramatic increase in seismic activity near fracking sites, (2) the use of millions of gallons of water for fracking during one of the worst droughts in modern times, or (3) the discovery of another planet to colonize since we are destroying this one?
    George H.

  2. Bill says:

    Safe Fracking that is a good one anytime you are on a rig the only thing safe is your thinking cause mother nature does not sleep and you are waking her up, it is still the best way and the technology is growing as quickly as it can while having anti Govt. EPA MOTHER AGAINST DRUNK DRIVERS, just like pipelines the technology is ten time better than the rail road and we have not seen the derailments side affects yet. Just think if those Boeing planes derailed in Montana on the river where oil tanker, Best new hi pipeline detection that will turn pennies to $ is coming soon SYNODON SYXXF look at there customers patents pending but the US an Canada and Europe Govt. already gave approval just finishing signatures, there clients are household names and they have taken the process from detecting leaks from the Caveman Style to Hi Tech, all this talk is great Warrens Rail Road and oil tanker cars is on the downhill by 50 to 60 % and pipelines with new technology plus routing them away from all the towns, saves us all wear and tear crossing RR Tracks , waiting for 150 cars to pass in rush hour ,just the idle time for saving gas is huge and people will turn there car off in nice weather but when it is100 degree’s above 0 or 20below 0 people want to stay warm and cool.
    The biggest things on the due diligence side is being kept under the wall street radar. The clients of Synodon are outsourcing all construction and these are Multi Bil$ Companies but once the cat is out of the bag and it is soon a Service Big Boy Contractor will buy them if they even sell, they know what they have. The Space Programs spent a lot before cutting the budgets and they bought the rights and fine tuned them and the big kicker is everybody follows Warren Buffet and Warren just buys the Pipeline Division form Phillips Petroleum and all that division makes is lubricants for pipelines. Warren see’s it coming and has said he knows the rail will still be profitable but not as it was. He says they loose an estimate 2 to 3 % of oil a day from point a to point b and it costs on the low end 250,000$ to fix every leak and this Company Synodon SYXXF is already doing detection for many pipelines and renewing orders all from Billion Dollar clients with 2, 3, 4 yr. contracts Warren will be selling a lot of pipeline lubricants, he got questioned for buying just that division from Phillips , but not any more , do some do diligence on Synodon ask T B Pickens , when Brent Cook a Gold and Silver and Metal Geologist recommend them that means more than pipeline safety but they can also detect many other chemicals that could take a 5 or 10k investment a long way. A lot more to gain than loose and with the Govt. saying you will have to have the ozone form approved, the institutions and ins. companies will have some serious PR going and if there R@D get on the drones instead of helicopters the remote area’s won’t be so remote , they just signed a deal to send info from helicopter to contractor on ground to put it all on TABLETS they will be well rounder. Hard to believe they stayed under the radar. They are already working in many states and Canada and they just got all of Wyoming . THEY WILL GET BOUGHT OUT OR HAVE AN LOT OF GROWTH either way lose a little or win a lot. Warren ain’t no dummy but he don’t need no hobby, it don’t get much more strategic tech than the space station.

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