5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Tower Group

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, property and casualty insurer Tower Group (Nasdaq: TWGP  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Tower facts

Headquarters (Founded) New York City (1989)
Market Cap $1 billion
Industry Property and casualty insurance
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.46 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO Michael Lee

CFO William Hitselberger

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 14.9%
Cash/Debt $104.44 million / $374.27 million
Dividend Yield 2.1%
Competitors

Allstate (NYSE: ALL  )

Chubb (NYSE: CB  )

Travelers Companies (NYSE: TRV  )

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 352 members who have rated Tower believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include GainSeeker and FoolDiligence.

Just last month, GainSeeker tapped Tower as a particularly timely pick:

Low PEG, low debt, low p/s. Nice growth. Stock dropped 15% on the reduced outlook after a nice beat to the quarter. Mgt expects challenging climate to "continue not worsen -- tells me this is a great entry point and there will be more beats ahead.

In fact, Tower currently sports a forward P/E of just 7.6. That represents a slight discount to listed competitors Allstate (8.4), Chubb (10.6), and Travelers (9.7).

CAPS member FoolDiligence lists more of the stock's cheapish multiples:

[Price/cash flow]: <9x
[Price/sales]: <0.7x
[Price/Tangible book]: <1.4x

In addition to this you have founder and CEO, Michael Lee holding almost 10% of the company. While you wait for the market to fully recognize TWGP's value, you receive a 2% dividend that has grown at an average of >30% per year and still maintains a low payout ratio of under 15%.

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