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What to like about Couche-Tard’s earnings, growth

A dog named Roxy waits outside a Couche-Tard convenience store in Montreal, April 18, 2012.


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Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc., the convenience store/gas station chain with $9.7-billion market cap, had very strong most recent quarter, growing earnings 54.1 per cent and revenues more than 80 per cent, thanks in part to the recent acquisition of Statoil Fuel and Retail's 2,300 or so stores in Europe.

It gets strong interest from Validea's Warren Buffett-based strategy because it has increased EPS in all but one year of the past decade, and has a 19.2 per cent average return on equity over past 10 years.

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Strong relative strength (96) and low price/sales ratio (0.34) help earn it high marks from the James O'Shaughnessy-based growth model.

And the impressive short- and long-term earnings growth and rising relative strength (over past four months) earn it strong interest from Validea's Momentum Investor model.

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