Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Peruvian precious metals miner Companhia de Minas Buenaventura
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Buenaventura's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Lima, Peru (1953)|
|Market Cap||$11.5 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.4 billion|
Chairman/CEO Roque Benavides
CFO Carlos Pinillos
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||28.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$666.5 million / $81.7 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 789 members who have rated Buenaventura believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star kenqc, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and NeuroNerd.
Earlier this summer, kenqc tapped Buenaventura as a particularly solid selection: "[F]undamentals of the company and its products still strong in a growing economy with demand increasing for precious metals."
Over the past three years, Buenaventura has even grown its dividend at a brisk rate of 35% annually. That's much faster than industry peers like Barrick (11%), Newmont (18%), and Yamana Gold
CAPS member NeuroNerd elaborates on the Buenaventura bull case:
I think that nationalization concerns are overblown ... Probably looking at a mining tax of some sort, but given BVN's status as one of the lower-cost producers, my money says they can absorb the hit. I'm not terribly bullish on precious metals in the very long run at these prices, but I anticipate gold and silver doing well in the intermediate term as people continue freaking out about debt and monetary issues in advanced economies. Balance sheet is very solid, as are cash flows ...
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