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Recently, a growing number of top-performing CAPS members are feeling optimistic about payroll-solution provider Paychex
Paychex has a balance sheet and business model well positioned to weather a recession. In fact, the payroll and human-resources provider has managed to grow revenues by 13.5% over the past five years. The company also recently delivered on its promise of 12% growth in net income for fiscal 2008, as well as 10% revenue growth and 40% operating margin. Being smaller than rival Automatic Data Processing
Although job losses in the souring economy do present a level of risk to Paychex's business, the company has done well at meeting the needs of large clients. Case in point: Paychex added the capability for its clients to adopt Roth 401(k) plans early on, when major employers such as Microsoft
Paychex's strong balance sheet and solid performance have investors warming to it even more than they were before, especially since many alternative investments are highly leveraged. And now that the company has once again increased its dividend to shareholders, no wonder more CAPS investors are favoring Paychex. Overall, nearly 95% of the CAPS members rating Paychex expect it to outperform the market.
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Fool contributor Dave Mock recently upgraded his stereo to quadraphonic sound. He owns no shares of companies mentioned here and is the author of The Qualcomm Equation. Paychex is an Income Investor selection. Microsoft is an Inside Value pick. Google is a Rule Breakers recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy sticks to single malt scotch.