Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, alcoholic beverage producer Brown-Forman (NYSE: BF-B ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Brown-Forman's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Louisville, Ky. (1870)|
|Market Cap||$13.2 billion|
|Industry||Distillers and vintners|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.7 billion|
|Management||CEO Paul Varga (since 2005)
CFO Donald Berg (since 2008)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||26%|
|Cash/Debt||$338.0 million / $506.0 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 196 members who have rated Brown-Forman believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
The share price is steady, like everything with the company. ... This steadiness is not a recent phenomenon -- for eight of the past 10 years, the company's stock has stayed between 19.9 times and 24.1 times earnings (the financial crisis years of 2008 and 2009 being the exception). Compare this to Diageo, whose P/E has fluctuated between 14.6 times earnings and 21.2 times earnings (even excluding 2008 and 2009). ... With its long-term stability, Brown-Forman helps investors and imbibers sleep soundly.
For investors looking for a steady family controlled business with solid growth but few thrills, partnering with the Brown family is still the best game in town.
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