4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: iRobot

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, robot specialist iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

iRobot facts

Headquarters (Founded) Bedford, Mass. (1990)
Market Cap $684.7 million
Industry Household appliances
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $465.5 million
Management Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Colin Angle
CFO John Leahy
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 12.8%
Cash/Debt $145.3 million / $0
Competitors Electrolux
Lockheed Martin
Samsung Electronics

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

On CAPS, 90% of the 1,234 members who have rated iRobot believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last week, one of those Fools, afamiii, nicely summed up the iRobot bull case for our community:

Service automation is growing theme in our lives, following industrial automation in the 20th century and [agricultural] automation in 19th. Market for domestic robot cleaners is growing fast. ... [iRobot] has excellent revenue and EPS growth in recent year and recent quarters. High RoE, increasing margins ... no debt, positive free cash flow. Now trading at [roughly 18] times earnings.

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  • Report this Comment On February 15, 2012, at 1:08 PM, JesusChristIsALL wrote:

    I own a Roomba and the thingy works great. Also, it is fun to watch and can be modified easily.

    It, does seem like the company has been slacking on their home robot division. The new military robot they are releasing is very interesting.

    Why there are such slow improvements in the consumer division is beyond me.

    They could make way better products for cheaper if you ask me.

    They don't even have lithium ion battery technology yet?

    If they ever get the opportunity to hire more people to work on consumer electronics, this company could make Apple look small... Just sezin

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