Why Aflac Is Poised to Outperform

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, insurance giant Aflac (NYSE: AFL  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Aflac facts

Headquarters (founded)

Columbus, Ga. (1955)

Market Cap

$24.3 billion

Industry

Life and health insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$24.8 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Daniel Amos
President/CFO Kriss Cloninger III

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

19.3%

Cash / Debt

$3.0 billion / $11.0 billion

Dividend Yield

2.7%

Competitors

AIG (NYSE: AIG  ) MetLife (NYSE: MET  ) Prudential Financial (NYSE: PRU  )

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 2,016 members who have rated Aflac believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, adamlevy, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

As a leading life insurance provider in Japan, Aflac has a couple of great advantages over its peers that solely operate domestically. First, Japanese customers are extremely loyal. With 21 million life insurance policies in Japan, Aflac has the social proof necessary to attract new customers that will stay with them forever. Second, Japanese regulation keeps competition low and margins high.

Oh yeah, they also pay out a really nice dividend that ought to continue increasing (just as it's done for the last 29 years ) because the payout ratio is less than 25%, the company is accumulating cash, and profits are growing equally as well.

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