A Closer Look at This Successful Paper-Industry Giant

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, paper and packaging company International Paper (NYSE: IP  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

International Paper facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Memphis, Tenn. (1898)

Market Cap

$19.7 billion


Paper products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$27.8 billion


Chairman/CEO John Faraci
CFO Carol Roberts

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.3 billion / $10.1 billion

Dividend Yield



Domtar (NYSE: UFS  )
(NYSE: WY  )

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

On CAPS, 87% of the 500 members who have rated International Paper believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just this past week, one of those Fools, Matthew2131, succinctly summed up the International Paper bull case for our community:

By swallowing Temple-Inland, [International Paper] has become the 800 lb. gorilla in industrial packaging in the US. Only Rock-Tenn is close, and is a distant second. [A]dd IP's international growth, and it's positioned to continue growth and earnings for years.

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