Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian steel giant Companhia Siderurgica Nacional
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at CSN's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Sao Paulo, Brazil (1941)|
|Market Cap||$22.9 billion|
Chairman/CEO Benjamin Steinbruch
CFO Paulo Marques
|Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)||14.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$6.52 billion / $12.79 billion|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this year, tpc2104 tapped CSN as a particularly potent play:
Steel play (commodity, material). Infrastructure play in a developing nation. Upcoming catalysts play (Olympics). Emerging Markets play (Brazil). All would mean little if this weren't a solid company. Good management, good dividend, good financials, fair entry price.
Over the next five years, in fact, CSN is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 25% annually. That's faster than listed rivals Arcelor (22.9%), Gerdau (18.4%), and Nucor (15.0%).
CAPS member chematu expands on the CSN outperform argument:
Brazil is Latin America's China in terms of market size as well as consumption and economic growth potential. SID is a leading steel producer and it will also benefit from the building boom related to the hosting of the 2012 Summer Olympics and the hosting of the World Cup in 2014.
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