Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, egg producer Cal-Maine Foods
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Cal-Maine and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Jackson, Miss. (1969)|
|Market Cap||$700.7 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$942 million|
CEO Adolphus Baker (since 2010)
CFO Timothy Dawson (since 2005)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||19.8%|
|Cash/Debt||$176.4 million / $88.2 million|
|Trailing Dividend Yield||2.9%|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this month, carsondyle tapped Cal-Maine as an egg-cellent opportunity:
High unemployment, people trying to save more, cooking at home more, and going to [McDonald's] or Denny's type places more instead of expensive restaurants, means eggs should hold up pretty good. They pay 1/3 of their earnings out in dividends, so div fluctuates a bit.
Cal-Maine even sports a solid three-year average operating margin of 11.1%. That's higher than that of other "protein plays" such as Tyson Foods
CAPS member gamblingkev elaborates on the bull case:
CALM will struggle with higher feed prices but the company is so well managed and they've done a good job of converting customers to higher priced eggs over their lower priced ones. Since their dividend is based on earnings, they won't strap themselves paying divs when they lose money in a quarter but good quarters will handsomely reward the patient investor.
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