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Friday, 19 September 2003
September 19, 2003 Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NCI)
Hello Friends! Here is one that looks pretty nice. I think we skipped past Navigant because of a slight hiccup in the revenue growth...but everything else is so PRETTY it deserves a second-chance.

Navigant Consulting (NCI) is having a nice day today trading at $14.53 up $.53 on the day or 3.79%. According to money.cnn.com, NCI is "...a provider of consulting services in two main business areas, Financial and Claims Consulting and Energy and Water Consulting."

On July 22, 2003, Navigant reported their second quarter results for the quarter ending June 30, 2003: revenues for the second quarter were $81.4 million a 33% increase from $61.0 million in the second quarter of 2002 and up 10% from $73.8 million for SEQUENTIAL growth from the first quarter of 2003. Earnings (EBITDA) for the second quarter were $9.5 million up from $4.6 million the prior year. Diluted eps was $.09/share up from $.03 last year.

Morningstar shows a steady improvement in revenues from $203 million in 1998, $219 million in 1999, $245 million in 2000, $236 million in 2001 (the hiccup), $258 million in 2002 and $271 million in the trailing twleve months. If we extrapolate the current quarter revenue we would get over $320 million for 2003.

Free cash flow has improved recently from ($44) million in 2000, to $4 million in 2001, $3 million in 2002 and $7 million in the trailing twelve months.

Assets/liabilities look nice with $5.3 million in cash and $76.3 million in other current assets, enough to cover the $54.2 million in current liabilities and the small $4.6 million in long-term liabilities combined.

Looking at Yahool.com, we find a moderate market cap of $630.31 million, a trailing p/e of 48.28, a PEG ratio of 2.92 and a price/sales ratio of 2.09.

There are 43.50 million shares outstanding and of those 42.80 million float. 927,000 shares are out short representing 2.619 trading days or 2.17% of the float. No dividend is paid and the last stock split was in April, 1998.

This stock looks very nice to me. It essentially fits into our scheme and demonstrates outstanding revenue growth, free cash flow improvement, and a nice balance sheet. Also, it is a rather small market cap stock suggesting that growth potential is quite large for quite awhile. I do not own any shares but would consider some if I wasn't already up to my ears in margin! Again thanks for stopping by and do come visit again soon! Have a great weekend everyone!

Bob


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