Boom in Oil, Gas Pipeline Building Could Be Boon for Small Caps

Putting controversy aside for the moment, there are a variety of companies that may prosper

Photo courtesy of neteon.net

Photo courtesy of neteon.net

from the current recovery in oil and gas pipeline building. It’s the kind of boom that can create strange bedfellows, considering the pipe now being built from Iraqi Kurdistan to Turkey scheduled to open in the third quarter of 2013. The Kurds and Turks are not known for being friends.

The recovery in oil and gas pipeline building should be fueled by investment in unconventional domestic energy sources like gas shale and oil sands, pressure to repair and replace aging infrastructure and the uptick in the residential construction markets, according to a forecast from IBISWorld.

And if the proposed 1,700-mile Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast gets approved, and its fate certainly remains in doubt, that would only add to the local boom. Supporters say it would create thousands of jobs, while environmentalists say it will endanger the environment and possibly the ground water supply. A decision from the Obama Administration is expected by summertime.

A random search turned up four small caps of the many companies involved in oil and gas pipeline business. We’re not endorsing them by any means. Please do your homework before investing.

Dallas-based Crosstex Energy (Nasdaq: XTXI, http://www.crosstexenergy.com/) builds oil and natural gas pipelines, among other services, and operates about 3,500 miles of natural gas and oil pipelines, as well as 10 natural gas processing plants and 10 fractionators as well as barge and rail terminals and product storage facilities. If you’d like to learn more, tune in to the company’s first quarter 2013 financial results conference call at 11 a.m. Eastern, May 9.  XTXI closed April 23 at $18.64, up 21 cents for the day, with a market cap of $886.5 million. Its 52-week trading range is $11.32-$19.51.

Calgary-based North American Energy Partners (NYSE: NOA, http://www.nacg.ca/) provides a range of construction and pipeline installation services to customers in the Canadian oil sands, industrial construction and pipeline construction markets. NOA’s primary market is the Canadian oil sands where it supports its customers’ mining operations and capital projects. NOA closed April 23 at $4.38, up 16 cents for the day, with a market cap of $159 million. Its 52-week trading range is $2.23-$4.70.

Houston-based Willbros Group Inc. (NYSE: WG, http://www.willbros.com/) is a full service engineering and construction company serving the oil and gas and power industries. Founded in 1908, WG has “developed a brand as a preferred contractor, with a reputation for quality, cost, efficiency and safety over its more than 100-year history,” according to The Motley Fool (http://beta.fool.com/asiavalue/2013/03/25/willbros-low-valuations-insufficient-to-compensate/27767/?source=eogyholnk0000001). Back in 2007, before the recession, WG was trading for more than $13. It closed April 23 at $9.79, up 56 cents for the day, with a market cap of $481 million. Its 52-week trading range is $4.07-$10.45.

Sarver, PA-based Geospatial Holdings (OTC: GSPH, http://www.geospatialcorporation.com/) provides pipeline management technologies and services for managing pipeline infrastructure assets in the U.S. Geospatial Mapping Systems, which provides centerline mapping of pipeline infrastructure, is a wholly owned subsidiary. GSPH closed April 23 at $0.08 with no trading for the day and a market cap of $3.5 million. Its 52-week trading range is $0.05-$0.22.

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