Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, funeral service products specialist Hillenbrand
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Hillenbrand's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Batesville, Ind. (2007)|
|Market Cap||$1.37 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$749.2 million|
CEO Kenneth Camp (since 2008)
CFO Cynthia Lucchese (since 2008)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||33.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$98.4 million / $403.4 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 98% of the 251 members who have rated Hillenbrand believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Jeffreyw, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and tekennedy.
Fools remain attracted to Hillenbrand's stable business model, juicy dividend yield, and attractive financials. In fact, Hillenbrand's three-year average operating margin of 22.8% tops close death-care foes Carriage's 16.2%, Matthews International's 14.8%, and Stewart's 13.1%, as well as non-traditional casket providers like discounting titans Wal-Mart
This should be an extraordinarily stable company despite the slight declines in casket volumes due to an increase in cremations. ... I usually dislike a growth through acquisition as a strategy, especially into businesses unrelated to your core business, but I believe the [acquisition of K-Tron] was a smart one. The company has a stable business due to sales of replacement parts (which constitute a majority of revenue) which are higher margin. Although I believe Hillenbrand paid full price for the acquisition, further growth and the ability to pursue tuck in acquisitions should help Hillenbrand grow over time.
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