Why Beam Looks Tasty for the Long Term

Market-trouncing returns could be written in these stars.

Brian D. Pacampara, CFA
Brian D. Pacampara, CFA
Feb 19, 2013 at 5:40PM
Consumer Goods

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, premium spirits specialist Beam (UNKNOWN:BEAM.DL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Beam facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Deerfield, Ill. (1904)

Market Cap

$9.8 billion

Industry

Distillers and vintners

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.5 billion

Management

CEO Matthew Shattock (since 2011)
CFO Robert Probst (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

5.8%

Cash / Debt

$365.7 million / $2.5 billion

Dividend Yield

1.5%

Competitors

Brown-Forman (NYSE:BF-A)
Diageo
(NYSE:DEO)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 179 members who have rated Beam believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star greedwhenfearful, succinctly summed up the Beam bull case for our community:

[A] simple, high margin business model that's consumed daily worldwide that I'm a big fan of. About a year ago BEAM was spun off from Fortune Brands to be a pure-play spirits company. That means I get focus, strong brands (Jim Beam, Skinny Girl, Courvoisier, Pucker, Maker's Mark, Pinnacle, etc.) a small market cap ($9.8 billion), with a 1.46% [dividend yield] that I believe will be constantly raised throughout the decades as the company grows and compounds.

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