Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, dry-bulk shipper Excel Maritime Carriers
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Excel's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Athens, Greece (1988)|
|Market Cap||$358.6 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$423.34 million|
Chairman/CEO Gabriel Panayotides
CFO Pavlos Kanellopoulos
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||11.6%|
|Cash/Debt||$65.9 million / $1.15 billion|
Eagle Bulk Shipping
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just two weeks ago, abglos noted that Excel "will never become a monopoly in it's industry, but the fundamentals call it a steal at this price." Our CAPS member concludes: "It should gain enough for a decent profit when the rest of the world realizes this dog is not really as mangy as it looks."
In fact, Excel currently trades at a particularly paltry price-to-book of 0.2. That represents a clear discount to rivals Diana Shipping (0.8), DryShips (0.5), and Eagle Bulk (0.4).
CAPS member sniggity expands on the outperform argument:
Dry bulk stocks have taken a beating due to speculation over excess supply of capesize vessels. However, [Excel] derives about 40% of its revenue from long-term profitable contracts with clients, the first of which will not expire until 2013. This will not stop earnings from diminishing, but will insulate the company against the decreased demand for shipping that is materially affecting its competitors.
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