5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Platinum Underwriters

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, reinsurer Platinum Underwriters Holdings (NYSE: PTP  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Platinum's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Platinum facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Pembroke, Bermuda (2002)

Market Cap

$1.84 billion

Industry

Reinsurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.24 billion

Management

CEO Michael Price (since 2005)
CFO James Krantz (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

16.7%

Cash/Debt

$748.1 million / $250 million

Other Highly Rated Insurance Stocks

Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-A  ) (NYSE: BRK-B  )
Aflac (NYSE: AFL  )

CAPS Members Bullish on PTP Also Bullish on

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ  )
Noble (NYSE: NE  )

CAPS Members Bearish on PTP Also Bearish on

Colfax (NYSE: CFX  )

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 335 members who have rated Platinum believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include crazysmurf81 and All-Star jed71, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Late last year, crazysmurf81 summed up Platinum as a lustrous opportunity: "Long-term investment. Trading below book value with solid sales and low debt."

In a pitch from two weeks ago, jed71 elaborates:

Rock solid company that looks heavily undervalued. The one item that really struck me was the operating cash flows. Wow. Have increased incrementally in a big way over the past several quarters. Solid balance sheet with little debt and earnings have held up surprisingly well during the downturn.

I also believe their business will grow nicely in the coming years. Many insurance companies are looking to derisk their insurance portfolios and reinsurance transactions should be a large part of the derisking process. The company should benefit nicely from the uptick in reinsurance demand and more favorable reinsurance rates. A definite long term buy and hold.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Berkshire Hathaway and Aflac are Motley Fool Stock Advisor picks. Berkshire is also a choice of Inside Value, and the Fool owns shares of it. Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor selection. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.


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  • Report this Comment On January 20, 2010, at 10:21 AM, lemoneater wrote:

    I think that some people will invest in this stock thinking that they are investing in the metal:)

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