Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, timberland operator Plum Creek Timber (NYSE: PCL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Plum Creek facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Seattle (1989)

Market Cap

$6.9 billion


Industrial REIT

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.19 billion


CEO Rick Holley (since 1994)

CFO David Lambert (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$252 million / $2.69 billion

Dividend Yield



International Paper (NYSE: IP)

Potlatch (Nasdaq: PCH)

Weyerhaeuser (NYSE: WY)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 737 members who have rated Plum Creek believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include TheKooz and All-Star ikkyu2, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community.

A couple of months ago, TheKooz helped Fools see the forest for the trees:

Trees continue to grow adding value as we wait for the housing market to recover. When the housing market gets back to normal, Plum Creek will have a great selection of prime lumber to offer. A decent dividend while we wait.

Plum Creek even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 23.2%. That's higher than that of competitors like International Paper (6.7%), Potlatch (15.9%), and Weyerhaeuser (-1%).

CAPS All-Star ikkyu2 elaborates on the bull case:

Jeremy Grantham points out the advantages of forestry, a renewable resource.

Peter Lynch says, try to find a company that any idiot could run, because sooner or later, that idiot will be running it. So how's this for a business model:

1) Get land.
2) Plant tree on land.
3) Chop down tree; sell tree.
4) Repeat.

I like it. I like the long-term time horizon. I like the moat -- could you enter the forestry business as a viable competitor tomorrow? Where's your hectares? Where's your old-growth?

I like everything about it.

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