Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Swiss agrochemical giant Syngenta (NYSE: SYT) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Syngenta facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Basel, Switzerland (1999)

Market Cap

$31.27 billion


Fertilizers and agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$11.64 billion


CEO Michael Mack (since 2008)

CFO John Ramsay (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$881 million / $3.6 billion

Dividend Yield



Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW)

Monsanto (NYSE: MON)

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

On CAPS, 97.5% of the 553 members who have rated Syngenta believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star TMFDeej, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and KnockoutMouse.

Late last year, TMFDeej touched on the tasty tailwind working in Syngenta's favor: "Food prices are headed higher in 2011. Suppliers to farmers, including seed, machinery, and fertilizer should benefit."

Over the past three years, Syngenta has even grown its bottom line at a much faster pace (8% per annum) than listed rivals Dow Chemical (-7.2%) and Monsanto (-0.7%), as well as other ag-sensitive plays like DuPont (NYSE: DD) (0.5%), CF Industries (NYSE: CF) (-6.5%), and Intrepid Potash (NYSE: IPI) (-7.9%).

CAPS member KnockoutMouse listed several of Syngenta's positives:

1. A clear leader in an industry with high barriers to competition.
2. Well managed and efficient: with a high ROIC and profit margin.
3. Strong balance sheet, free cash flow adequate to fund its dividend, and well managed debt.
4. A history of substantial dividends and dividend growth.
5. Has performed well in the current macroeconomic environment (i.e. inflation, loose monetary policy, rapid BRIC growth, dollar/euro weakness) by equaling or beating the return on gold (20% annually) over the last few years.

Along with DuPont and Monsanto, Syngenta is one of the great seed producing companies and should do well as the world food supply tightens.

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