Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, entertainment giant Walt Disney
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Disney's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Burbank, Calif. (1923)|
|Market Cap||$80.6 billion|
|Industry||Movies and entertainment|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$39.04 billion|
CEO Robert Iger (since 2005)
CFO James Rasulo (since 2010)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||11.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$3.04 billion / $12.76 billion|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Less than two months ago, mwlove touched on Disney's ubiquitous nature:
New films, Pixar, Disney channel, cross-marketing. There are so many channels for growth here that the future looks very bright. The management team is now top-notch and taking care of the business. Don't doubt the Mouse.
Disney even boasts a robust three-year average net margin of 10.4%. That's higher than News Corp. at 5% and General Electric's 8.8% average, let alone CBS's average negative margin of (25.6%) over the period.
In a reply pitch from February, gweech offered more reasons to believe in Disney:
First, I am "all in" on the belief that this is a great stock to own. ... Second, I laughed out loud reading an article 8 years ago when Apple launched iTunes and had a paltry $20B market cap. I thought it was the dumbest growth idea in the world and they were "stretching" to increase their market cap. Luckily, I bought a boatload of shares. ... Disney has Marvel, Pixar, successful cable properties and a deep library of untapped characters yet to be monetized. Third, [Disney] has outperformed the S&P over the last 30 years by a factor of 4 (S&P 1000% and DIS 4000%). Half of their revenue now comes from outside the parks. This stock will sit in my IRA for the next 30 years. I can wait.
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