Why Vodafone 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, U.K. mobile giant Vodafone Group (NASDAQ: VOD  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Vodafine facts

Headquarters (founded)

Newbury, U.K. (1984)

Market Cap

$137.4 billion

Industry

Wireless telecommunication services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$71.8 billion

Management

CEO Vittorio Colao (since 2008)
CFO Andrew Halford (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

6.2%

Cash/Debt

$12.2 billion / $57.1 billion

Dividend Yield

3.7%

Competitors

AT&T
France Telecom
Telefonica

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,328 members who have rated Vodafone believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, Option1307, succinctly summed up the bull case for community:

[Vodafone] owns a large stake in Verizon wireless and the market is not recognizing this. Add into the mix that Verizon currently pays [Vodafone] a nice dividend annually for their Verizon wireless stake and that this is a David Einhorn pick and the odds are in your favor!

Picked up some shares at [$26] and will hold until this thesis plays out or things drastically change. You get a pretty nice dividend to sit and wait as well so no reason to hurry and sell this one.

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