5-Star Dividend Stocks Poised to Pop: Compass Minerals

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, salt and fertilizer producer Compass Minerals International (NYSE: CMP  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Compass facts

Headquarters (founded)

Overland Park, Kan. (1993)

Market Cap

$2.6 billion

Industry

Diversified metals and mining

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.0 billion

Management

CEO Angelo Brisimitzakis (since 2006)

CFO Rodney Underdown (since 2002)

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)

16.9%

Cash/Debt

$147.6 million / $484.1 million

Dividend Yield

2.5%

Competitors

Agrium (NYSE: AGU  )

PotashCorp (NYSE: POT  )

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 785 of the members who have rated Compass believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, TMFDeej, tapped Compass as an income opportunity worth looking into:

Is global warming real? That is the question. If so and we have another warm winter Compass' stock probably won't do much. If not, or then we could be in for a much colder winter, which would be great for Compass' salt business. ... Add a solid Potash business in a world that needs more food and a solid [2.5% dividend yield] and Compass is worth a CAPS play with a watch on it for a real-life investment.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Compass Minerals. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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