Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, speech-software specialist Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Nuance's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Burlington, Mass. (1992)|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.16 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Paul Ricci
CFO Thomas Beaudoin
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||(1.2%)|
|Cash/Debt||$559.42 million / $858.89 million|
|Competitors||AT&T (NYSE: T )
IBM (NYSE: IBM )
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
About two months ago, mattar12 tapped Nuance as a great way to go for growth: "[A]uto contracts, expanding to iphone/ipad apps. Their technology far exceeds its competitors for a high demand speech to text application."
Over the next five years, in fact, Nuance is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 12.5% annually. That's faster than much larger broad-sense rivals including AT&T (3.9%), IBM (11.2%), and Microsoft (10.3%).
CAPS member Greenesthorn expands on the Nuance investment case:
This is a good combination of high future potential and socially conscious investing. Voice control devices have to be a strong need for the future -- whenever that will be -- for all of us iphone-toting consumers tired of typing on tiny keyboards or worse. And an immediate need for those with special needs, like ALS patients.
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