Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, irrigation systems manufacturer Valmont Industries (NYSE: VMI ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Valmont's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Omaha, Neb. (1946)|
|Market Cap||$3.5 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.9 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Mogens Bay
Vice President/Principal Accounting Officer Mark Jaksich
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||17%|
|Cash/Debt||$328.4 million / $491.2 million|
|Competitors||Ajax Metal Processing
Thomas & Betts
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 287 members who have rated Valmont believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
[I]rrigation is a growth story -- more farms worldwide will be adding irrigation equipment. [C]enter-pivot irrigation is a growth story -- more farms will be replacing [old equipment] with the less wasteful center-pivot models offered by [Valmont].
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