Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, leaf tobacco merchant Universal (NYSE:UVV) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Universal facts



Headquarters (founded)

Richmond, Va. (1888)

Market Cap

$1.4 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.5 billion


Chairman/CEO George Freeman

CFO David Moore

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$367.9 million / $499.5 million

Dividend Yield



Alliance One International

British American Tobacco

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 182 members who have rated Universal believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, larvalbug, brought Universal's solid fundamentals to our community's attention: "Low EV/EBITDA, reasonable price to book value level, good return on equity, moderately low debt to equity, solid current ratio, nice dividend, safe dividend payout ratio."

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