Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, water infrastructure specialist Mueller Water Products (NYSE: MWA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Mueller facts



Market Cap

$617.3 million


Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.32 billion


Chairman/CEO Gregory Hyland (since 2007)

CFO Evan Hart (since 2008)

Return on Capital (average, past 2 years)



$43.8 million / $692.5 million

Dividend Yield



Tyco International (NYSE: TYC)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,508 members who have rated Mueller believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include rockynicky and seekingyield.

Earlier this year, rockynicky succinctly summed up the Mueller bull case: "Good growth and earnings ahead."

Over the next five years, in fact, Mueller is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 17.3% annually. That's faster than much larger industrial plays like Tyco (13.9%), General Electric (NYSE: GE) (14.5%), and United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) (10.1%).

CAPS member seekingyield expands on the outperform argument:

Another play on water, Mueller plays in the "infrastructure" space within the industry, making pieces that fit into community water networks. The stock has been depressed due to the difficulties being faced within the residential real estate market, as well as the financial problems facing many municipalities across the U.S. However, the problem of ageing water infrastructure is only going to get worse, and demand for new infrastructure will return at some point. Mueller stands to benefit from this theme.

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