Why Northern Tier Is Poised to Keep Poppin'

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, downstream energy company Northern Tier Energy  (NYSE: NTI  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Northern Tier facts

Headquarters

Ridgefield, Conn.

Market Cap

$2.8 billion

Industry

Oil and gas refining and marketing

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.4 billion

Management

CEO Henry Kuchta (since 2012)

CFO David Bonczek (since 2012)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity

49.6%

Cash/Debt

$272.9 million / $282.5 million

Dividend Yield

16.7%

Competitors

ExxonMobil

Flint Hills Resources

Shell Oil Products US

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 100 members who have rated Northern Tier believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, All-Star getrichdietrying, succinctly summed up the opportunity for our community:

USA is set to outperform in oil production Saudi Arabia in a few years. [Northern Tier] is a good bet due to refining, retail, and pipeline operations that serves the PADD II region of the United States. As of March 31, 2012, the Company's retail business operated 166 convenience stores under the SuperAmerica brand and also supported 67 franchised convenience stores, which are also operated under the SuperAmerica brand. The Company has a retail-marketing network of 233 convenience stores, as of March 31, 2012.

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