Is Southern Cross Electrical a growth stock to keep on radar?

Wed 23 Mar 22, 1:49pm (AEST)
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Key Points

  • Contracts total $50m in the commercial sector in Sydney
  • Southern Cross Electrical is one of Argonaut Securities' top five stock picks
  • Management expects a rebound in commercial construction in NSW

Southern Cross Electrical (ASX: SXE) was up around 1.65% at noon following revelations that the engineering company’s subsidiary Heyday has received two contract awards totalling circa $50m in the commercial sector in Sydney.

What’s noteworthy is the size of these two contracts relative to the company’s market cap ($157m).

The two awards include:

  • CPB Contractors Pty Ltd has awarded Heyday the electrical services design and construct contract for a 39-storey 47,800m2 premium-grade commercial tower which is to be built above the north entrance to Sydney Metro’s Pitt Street Station.

Commenting on the awards, Southern Cross managing Director Graeme Dunn noted:

“The commercial sector in Sydney has been somewhat subdued over the last year or so and therefore I am pleased we are announcing these significant wins. Tendering activity has also been much stronger in recent times.”

Construction rebound

To the uninitiated, Southern Cross Electrical is an electrical, instrumentation, communication and maintenance services company supplying large-scale electrical , control and instrumentation services for major projects.

Management is also anticipating a rebound in commercial construction in NSW in coming periods.

Today’s announcements follows a range of resources and infrastructure contracts totalling $20m the company received early November 2021.

While consensus does not cover this smallcap, Argonaut Securities has a Strong buy on the stock, which remains one of the fund manager’s top five picks.

With a P/E ratio of ratio of 11.85x, the company has been trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 15.77x.

Based on Morningstar’s fair value of $0.86, the stock appears to be undervalued.


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Mark Story


Mark is an investigative financial journalist and editor who started his career working for Marathon Oil in London. He has a degree in politics/economics and a diploma in journalism. Mark has worked on 70-plus newspapers and financial publications across Australia, NZ, the US, and Asia including: The Australian Financial Review, Money Magazine, Australian Property Investor and Finance Asia. Mark is passionate about improving the financial literacy of all Australians through the highest quality content. Email Mark at [email protected].

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