4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: SAIC

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SAICBased on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, government defense contractor SAIC (NYS: SAI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

SAIC facts

Headquarters (Founded)McLean, Va. (1969)
Market Cap$5.8 billion
IndustryIT consulting and other services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$11.2 billion
ManagementCEO Walter Havenstein (since 2009)
CFO Mark Sopp (since 2005)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)24.3%
Cash/Debt$1.28 billion / $1.85 billion

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 766 members who have rated SAIC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include FoolishElephant and TMFElleMoran.

Late last month, FoolishElephant brought the sector's recent weakness to our community's attention:

Currently defense contractors across numerous service lines are being collectively beaten down due to fear over federal budget cuts. However, as cyber warfare becomes the new frontier for stateless and terrorist-based threats to national security, these service firms will reap the key contractors and thrive.

SAIC, in particular, currently sports a cheapish P/E of 9.8. That represents a discount to fellow defense contractor Boeing (NYS: BA) (15.5) as well as consulting services companies like Accenture (NYS: ACN) (19.5) and IBM (NYS: IBM) (14.9).

CAPS member TMFElleMoran elaborates on the bull case:

SAI is in the business of helping governments increase and control their security. That's something we're going to need more and more of going forward. Defense spending will definitely shift to this category, and away from traditional war-time defense allocations. Being a small player in defense contracting, there is always a possibility for partnerships with larger traditional-defense-oriented companies to both parties' benefit.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of SAIC. The Fool owns shares of SAIC and IBM. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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