Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, palladium miner Stillwater Mining (NYSE: SWC ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Stillwater's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Columbus, Mont. (1992)|
|Market Cap||$1.49 billion|
|Industry||Precious metals and minerals|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$680.2 million|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Francis McAllister (since 2001)
CFO Gregory Wing (since 2004)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||(2%)|
|Cash/Debt||$254.9 million / $196 million|
|Competitors||North American Palladium (AMEX: PAL )|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this summer, ibeckman succinctly summed up the Stillwater bull case:
[M]anagement is excellent and very experienced in [copper] mining as well as [platinum group metals]. They see value in the Altar mine, and I trust their judgment. No labor troubles. Platinum/palladium prices going higher.
Over the past three years, in fact, Stillwater has grown its bottom line at a brisk rate of 141% annually. That's faster than industry peers such as Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX ) (17%) and Rio Tinto (NYSE: RIO ) (13%), and Stillwater's earnings of $101.3 million over the past 12 months dwarfed North American Palladium's tiny $2 million profit.
CAPS member Turfscape elaborates on the Stillwater bull case:
You like precious metals? Don't buy the metal ... buy the miner. Stillwater Mining has a strong niche in Platinum Group metals with a healthy cash flow. They recently posted record earnings and announced that they are diversifying into copper and gold mining through an acquisition. The market reacted badly, making SWC a good value.
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