Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, fluid control systems provider Flowserve (NYSE: FLS ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Flowserve's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Irving, Texas (1912)|
|Market Cap||$5.49 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$4.39 billion|
|Management||CEO Mark Blinn (since 2009)
CFO Richard Guiltinan Jr. (since 2009)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||22.5%|
|Cash/Debt||$227.9 million / $510 million|
|Competitors||Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR )
General Electric (NYSE: GE )
Tyco International (NYSE: TYC )
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
This past summer, JerseyBull listed several of Flowserve's positives: "Solid company, niche market and great management. Right recipe for long term success and a value at current price point!"
Over the next five years, in fact, Flowserve is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 20% annually. That's faster than much larger competitors like Emerson (14%), General Electric (13%), and Tyco (13%).
CAPS member KnockoutMouse elaborates on the Flowserve bull case:
1. A clear leader in an industry with high barriers to competition.
2. Well managed and efficient: with a high ROIC and profit margin.
3. Strong balance sheet, free cash flow adequate to fund its dividend, and well managed debt.
4. A history of substantial dividends and dividend growth. ...
[Flowserve] is a big leader in water infrastructure.
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