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Quanta (PWR) Fortifies Energy Business on Stronghold Buyout

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Houston-based Quanta Services, Inc. (PWR - Free Report) successfully accomplished the acquisition of Stronghold, Ltd. and Stronghold Specialty, Ltd. (Stronghold) against an upfront payment of $450 million. The company noted that this deal would reinforce its Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services’ business, moving ahead.

In the upcoming quarters, the company believes that its strategic business buyouts as well as multi-year business up-cycling strategy would drive top- and bottom-line performances. In May, the company raised its revenue and earnings guidance for 2017.

Over the last one month, shares of this Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) stock yielded a return of 2.35%, as against the loss of 0.06% incurred by the industry.

Notably, the attractiveness of this stock as a current investment choice is further accentuated by its favorable Vale Growth Momentum Style Score ‘A’.

Inside the Headlines

Stronghold is a premium Texas-based specialized services company offering critical path and high-pressure solutions within the global midstream and downstream energy markets. The company generated revenues of nearly $500 million in 2016 and has widened its operations into 10 separate specialty services companies (each embracing immense potential for growth).  

Quanta Services noted that the Stronghold buyout is in sync with its long-term growth programs. Stronghold’s improving operating margin profile, recurring top-line performance and robust capability of accruing free cash flow would likely help in boosting Quanta Services’ financials in the near term.

Notably, this deal is anticipated to generate revenues within the range of $6–$7.5 million in 2017. It will also likely bolster the company’s earnings within the range of 6–7 cents per share in 2017.

Quanta Services’ upfront payment of $450 million comprised $360 million cash and 2.7 million shares worth $90 million.

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