Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health care center operator National HealthCare (NYSE:NHC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

NHC facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Murfreesboro, Tenn. (1971)

Market Cap

$484.64 million


Health-care facilities

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$661.93 million


CEO Robert Adams (since November 2004)

COO Michael Ussery (since January 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$138.6 million / $60.5 million

Dividend Yield



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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94.5% of the 92 members who have rated NHC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include FreeMortal and drcurt.

Only two days ago, FreeMortal tapped NHC as an underfollowed and undervalued opportunity:

I don't understand why this stock is at a 52 week low, a P/E low, and only 1.37 book. Compared to its peers, NHC has a tiny amount of debt, good margins, improving earnings, good ROE, and decent sales. My best guess is that its tiny market cap isn't enough to appear on radar. Institutional ownership is only 31%.

In an earlier pitch, drcurt touched on the supertrend working in the stock's favor:

The growing need for senior health care in our country is the best reason for this rationale. This Company is very well run and will continue to be well run for many years to come. The recent change in management will assure this. Demand for expansion in the senior health care industry will mean that [National HealthCare] will continue to grow.

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