Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial conglomerate Danaher (NYSE: DHR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Danaher facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Washington, D.C. (1969)

Market Cap

$36.7 billion

Industry

Conglomerates

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.54 billion

Management

President/CEO H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. (since 2001)

CFO Daniel Comas (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

12.9%

Cash/Debt

$1.59 billion / $2.73 billion

Competitors

3M (NYSE: MMM)

Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW)

ITT (NYSE: ITT)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 458 members who have rated Danaher believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ahatstat and Palmahigh.

Just last month, ahatstat brought Danaher's business model to our community's attention:

Danaher excels at finding good companies and buying them at good prices. They add value by reducing costs and improving margins at their acquisitions by applying their special blend of continuous improvement processes, aka the Danaher Business System. They do this better than most other companies.

Over the next five years, in fact, Danaher is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 15% annually. That's faster than competitors like 3M (10.7%), Illinois Tool (12.3%), and ITT (9.9%).

CAPS member Palmahigh elaborates on the Danaher bull case:

Well run company with solid business model. All companies driven hard to follow the model. You can go to each and every company and see the same metrics posted throughout its manufacturing areas. Employees are driven to do more with less, that is to say, 'work smart not harder'.

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