4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Alexander & Baldwin

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, multi-market transportation and real estate company Alexander & Baldwin (NYS: ALEX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Alexander & Baldwin facts

Headquarters (Founded)Honolulu, Hawaii (1870)
Market Cap$1.67 billion
IndustryShipping
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.8 billion
ManagementCEO Stanley Kuriyama (since 2010)
CFO Christopher Benjamin (since 2004)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)3.2%
Cash / Debt$15 million / $556 million
Dividend Yield3.2%

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

On CAPS, 86% of the 144 members who have rated Alexander & Baldwin believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include udflyerz and All-Star TMFDeej, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

A few months ago, udflyerz tapped Alexander & Baldwin as a tempting value pick:

Hawaiian property on the books at a fraction of real value. [P]ossible chance to unlock value of land through growing sugarcane for ethanol or other green opportunities. [S]hipping business will make a comeback too eventually.

In fact, Alexander & Baldwin currently sports a cheapish price-to-book ratio of 1.5. That represents a clear discount to industry peers like C.H. Robinson (NAS: CHRW) (8.8), Hub Group (NAS: HUBG) (3.0), and St. Joe (NYS: JOE) (1.8).

CAPS All-Star TMFDeej elaborates on the borderline bargain opportunity:

I was starting to sniff around Alexander & Baldwin (ALEX) as a potential investment right before Bill Ackman announced his large stake in the company. Not surprisingly, that news caused this small company's stock to skyrocket nearly 20% and more from there. After the recent market implosion ALEX is approaching pre-Ackman announcement levels. ... I came close to buying some in real-life, but I'm not all that optimistic about the economy right now and ALEX's fortunes are a little too tied to shipping for my taste.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. 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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