Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, homeowners insurance specialist Universal Insurance Holdings (NYSE: UVE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Universal facts

Headquarters (founded)

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (1990)

Market Cap

$202.1 million


Property and casualty insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$226.8 million


CEO Bradley Meier (since 1990)

CFO George De Heer (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$399.3 million / $48.3 million

Dividend Yield



Allstate (NYSE: ALL)

Chubb (NYSE: CB)

Travelers Cos. (NYSE: TRV)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 589 members who have rated Universal believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star bigsmitty52, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community, and JMRiv1986.

Just last week, bigsmitty52 tapped Universal as an attractive income opportunity:

Look at the yield on this stock. If all it does is sit around and pay its dividend for the next five years, I will be a happy man. It will probably rise very slowly, as real estate in Florida begins to increase.

Universal's solid balance sheet and juicy dividend yield continue to support its five-star CAPS status. In addition to sporting a yield of 8%, Universal trades at a clear price-to-cash flow (2.2) discount to homeowners insurance providers Allstate (4.5), Chubb (7.6), and Travelers (7.9), as well as other highly rated insurance stocks like Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B) (10.9) and Markel (NYSE: MKL) (16.3).

CAPS member JMRiv1986 elaborates on the bull case:

Huge dividend. Very good value. ... Growing to other states which makes it less likely to be as greatly [affected] by hurricanes in Florida. Insider ownership of 46%. Like bigsmitty52 said in his assessment though as long as this stock continues to pay its huge dividend I will be happy. Any appreciation in price will be a bonus.

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