Why Lear 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, auto parts supplier Lear (NYSE: LEA  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Lear facts

Headquarters (founded)

Southfield, Mich. (1917)

Market Cap

$5.1 billion

Industry

Auto parts and equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$14.6 billion

Management

CEO Matthew Simoncini (since 2011)

CFO Jeffrey Vanneste (since 2012)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

28.1%

Cash/Debt

$1.4 billion / $626.3 million

Dividend Yield

1.3%

Competitors

BorgWagner

Johnson Controls

Magna International

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 109 members who have rated Lear believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star TMFDeej, brought the stock's potent catalyst to our community's attention:

I've been impressed with Mick McGuire's (Marcato Capital Management) ability to unlock value in stocks as an activist investor. Lear is his latest initiative. He's urging the company to return more money to shareholders (as he usually does) by accelerating share buybacks, raising its dividend and seeking board seats.

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