Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, water infrastructure specialist Mueller Water Products
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Mueller Water's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Mueller Water facts
|Market Cap||$738.5 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.4 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Gregory Hyland (since 2007)
CFO Evan Hart (since 2008)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||(9.7%)|
|Cash/Debt||$53.7 million / $622.8 million|
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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 1,463 members who have rated Mueller Water believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
[S]till in turnaround mode since becoming an independent company so it has more room to run. Mueller Water is the unfortunate recipient of the most unlucky timing possible -- [Mueller] is exactly the kind of company that is most directly affected by macro-economic and housing market problems and was spun off from Walter Energy just in time for the worse housing and general economy collapse in many decades. So, how well [Mueller] will do going forward depends largely on how well our housing market and entire economy continue to recover. In other words, Mueller's recovery closely tracks that of the housing market and the economy as a whole so, if Mueller's turnaround doesn't continue, that will likely mean that we'll all have far worse problems to deal with than the price of our [Mueller] stock.
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