Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, propane distributor Suburban Propane Partners, L.P. (NYSE:SPH) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Suburban Propane facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Whippany, N.J. (1945)

Market Cap

$1.58 billion


Gas utilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.14 billion


CEO Michael Dunn, Jr. (since September 2009)

CFO Michael Stivala (since October 2007)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$163.2 million / $353.6 million

Dividend Yield



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On CAPS, 94% of the 243 members who have rated Suburban Propane believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include 2Cores and All-Star georcole.

Less than two months ago, 2Cores tapped the stock as an alternative way to earn some income:

The numbers just add up and the dividends bring smiles to my lips and warmth to my hearth. As a customer, I have to say they are easy to work with. ... Besides electricity, hydrogen, cooking oil and natural gas, propane is another competitor as an automotive fuel.

In a pitch from last week, georcole expands on Suburban Propane as the total total-return package:

Propane tends to have a pretty stable customer base. ... The distribution is being increased almost every quarter. ... While the stock price itself may not outperform the S&P, with the distribution factored in, it should outperform nicely. With a payout that large, [Suburban Propane] only needs to go up 2 or 3% per year in order to beat the S&P's historic average.

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