Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, molybdenum producer Thompson Creek Metals (NYSE: TC ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Thompson Creek's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Thompson Creek facts
|Market Cap||$1.3 billion|
|Industry||Diversified metals and mining|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$709 million|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Kevin Loughrey
President/COO Scott Shellhaas
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||7.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$365 million / $368 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 1,206 members who have rated Thompson Creek believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Thompson Creek is being punished for trying to change from being a one trick pony, namely molybdenum, to a major producer of molybdenum, copper, and gold. They bought Terrane and their huge copper & gold discovery in Mt Milligan and are now realizing how much it costs to bring it to production. Add to that the cost of expanding their big moly mine and they have cash flow problems. ... But they bring an opportunity in the next couple of years. This is a well managed company who has chosen to diversify from the massive swings molybdenum prices have had over the past few years. Within 2 years they will be producing at Mt Milligan. If they can raise the cash needed to complete Mt Milligan -- probably by selling another part of the gold stream -- they will reap the benefits in the next few years and in a big way. I like their management, I believe they will do it.
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