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Top stock picks for April

We asked our Foolish writers to pick some of their favourite shares to buy in the month of April.

Rachit Dudhwala: Mantra Group Ltd (ASX:MTR)

Hotelier Mantra Group Ltd’s (ASX: MTR) share price continued to stumble in March as investors grew weary of the company’s organic growth prospects following the release of its half-year results earlier this year.

The operator of the Peppers, Mantra and BreakFree brands revealed headline revenue grew 15.9% across the board, despite poor underlying performance in its CBD properties. Whilst overall numbers were skewed by acquisitions and new openings, investors have all but discounted the stock to imply permanent attrition in the business.

Given Mantra’s strong footprint and industry tailwinds, I beg to differ, earning Mantra my top pick for April.

Motley Fool Contributor Rachit Dudhwala does not own shares in Mantra Group Ltd.

Tristan Harrison: WAM Research Limited (ASX: WAX)

WAM Research is run very successfully by Geoff Wilson and his investment team. It consistently outperforms the market by focusing on smaller, faster growing companies. It maintains a strong level of cash so that it has protection in a crash and ammunition for buying opportunities.

The WAM Research share price has grown by 18% over the last year and it currently trades with a trailing grossed-up dividend yield of 7.96%

Motley Fool contributor Tristan Harrison owns shares in WAM Research Limited.

Ian Crane: TPG Telecom Ltd  (ASX:TPM)

Shares in telecommunications provider TPG have rallied more than 12% in the last month, which included the release of the company’s half year earnings.

TPG reported continued growth in revenue and profit and raised its dividend 14%. The company is investing heavily in Australia and Singapore for what I believe will be an ever-increasing future demand for both fixed and mobile data services.

Despite the recent rise in share price the company continues to trade on a relatively cheap valuation and in my opinion, remains an attractive long-term investment.

Motley Fool contributor Ian Crane owns shares in TPG Limited

Christopher Georges: TPG Telecom Ltd (ASX: TPM)

The TPG share price has finally consolidated and this means now could be a good time for investors to buy into the growing telecommunications company.

Its first-half result was well received by the market and TPG looks very well placed to easily meet its full-year EBITDA guidance.

 The telco continues to invest heavily in its infrastructure assets and, although its dividend payout is less than its peers, this higher level of reinvestment should create a solid foundation for future earnings growth.

Currently trading on a P/E ratio of around 15, TPG looks a solid long-term buy.

Motley Fool contributor Christopher Georges owns shares in TPG Telecom

James Mickleboro: Catapult Group International Ltd (ASX: CAT)

In the last six months the Catapult Group International Ltd share price has declined by a whopping 35%. At the current price I think the exciting sports analytics company is a great option for patient buy and hold investors. Although its growth is slowing a touch, management is confident that the company is on course to deliver full-year revenue of between $61 million and $65.5 million thanks to the strong demand for its wearables technology. This represents statutory growth of between 226% and 250% and pro-forma growth of between 21% and 30% on last year’s result.

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no financial interest in Catapult Group International Ltd.

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