Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, stolen vehicle recovery specialist Ituran Location & Control
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Ituran's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Azour, Israel (1994)|
|Market Cap||$311.4 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$146.7 million|
Co-CEO Eyal Sheratzky (since 2003)
Co-CEO Nir Sheratzky (since 2003)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||14.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$47.8 million / $6.2 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this year, guyusj tapped Ituran as an enticing income opportunity: "[T]his is a very promising company with solid growth prospects. I also like their attitude regarding giving money back to shareholders."
Ituran even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 20.4%. That's much higher than the 10.7% figures from rivals Pointer and Trimble, let alone LoJack's average negative margin of -1.2%.
CAPS member dumberthanafool elaborates on the Ituran bull case:
Does a lot of business in Argentina and Brazil, in addition to Israel and the U.S. Big dividend (though not a stable, American-style dividend, it fluctuates European-style). Excellent balance sheet. ROA and ROE have been recovering in the last two years. ... While I continue to add to my "safe" large-cap quality stock holdings, my strategy this year, which I have already been implementing, is to make "riskier" bets (for me) in ETFs of interest ... and to look for high quality SMALL-cap companies. By high quality, I mean companies with great balance sheets, decent price to earnings and/or price/FCF ratios, stable or growing and decent ROE, rational business plans, etc. I put ITRN in this category.
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