Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, industrial conglomerate Danaher (NYSE: DHR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Danaher facts

Headquarters (founded)

Washington, D.C. (1969)

Market Cap

$35.4 billion

Industry

Conglomerates

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$15.5 billion

Management

President/CEO H. Lawrence Culp Jr. (since 2001)

CFO Daniel Comas (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

12.2%

Cash/Debt

$484.4 million / $5.9 billion

Dividend Yield

0.2%

Competitors

General Electric

ITT

SPX

Source: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 525 members who have rated Danaher believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, All-Star bradford86, touched on the company's value-based philosophy:

Danaher ... is one of the companies in the S&P500 that I think I'd enjoy working for. They are excellent at selecting companies to acquire at a specific price. This specific price is short of the value that Danaher believes they can add by effectively kicking operational tail. ... Target: $50-$60. This is a company that is a solid own for the next decade at these prices. If you're lucky enough to get a dip, buy it and let your portfolio rip.

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