Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, real estate investment trust Starwood Property Trust
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Starwood's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Greenwich, Conn. (2009)|
|Market Cap||$1.8 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$148.6 million|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Barry Sternlicht
CFO Perry Ward
|Trailing-12-Month Profit Margin||64.5%|
|Cash/Debt||$88.5 million / $678.8 million|
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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 95% of the 62 members who have rated Starwood believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
I would opt for Starwood Property Trust, which is a commercial mortgage REIT. Banks are pulling away from their commercial lending and that leaves a giant void for financing to commercial property owners. This is where Starwood Property Trust steps in and they can do it on favorable terms with limited competition. The stock [yields 9.3%], it is run by one of the greatest business minds -- Berry Sternlicht, and trades at book value.
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