Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, graphite and carbon-based products manufacturer GrafTech International
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at GrafTech's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Parma, Ohio (1886)|
|Market Cap||$1.5 billion|
|Industry||Industrial electrical equipment|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.3 billion|
|Management||CEO Craig Shular (since 2003)
CFO Lindon Robertson (since 2011)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||16.5%|
|Cash/Debt||$7.1 million / $604.2 million|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 926 members who have rated GrafTech believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
GrafTech is the low-cost producer of high quality graphite electrodes needed to make steel in electric arc furnaces. The company has a history of solid performance in a cyclical business and is run by savvy managers with a long-term outlook. GrafTech recently purchased its largest supplier and should begin improving input quality and benefitting from cost savings. While demand for steel will ebb and flow, GrafTech's cost advantages remain.
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