Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, trash hauler Waste Management
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Waste Management's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Waste Management facts
|Headquarters (Founded)||Houston (1987)|
|Market Cap||$17.9 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$12.52 billion|
CEO David Steiner (since 2004)
CFO Robert Simpson (since 2004)
|Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)||8.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$540 million / $8.9 billion|
Casella Waste Systems
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, kbdunn9 tapped Waste Management as an essential selection: "I like companies that fulfill a basic need such as food, clothing, shelter, and garbage removal, and Waste Management is the top in its field. Add to that it's recycling strategies and expansion into China, and I think you have a winner."
Waste Management's three-year average return on capital (8.7%) even tops that of competitors Casella (3.6%), Republic Services (5.5%), and Waste Connections (7.2%).
CAPS member Scottmacd33 elaborates on the bull case:
No. 1 in the space, solid dividend, healthy balance sheet, breaking into China (which has a huge trash problem) and continuously looking for innovation (recycling commodities, converting waste rotting in landfills into natural gas). Seems like a winner and feels good to see a company doing good for the environment and making money.
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