4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: American Capital

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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, business-development company American Capital (NAS: ACAS) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

American Capital facts

Headquarters (Founded)Bethesda, Md. (1986)
Market Cap$2.81 billion
IndustryAsset management
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$586 million
ManagementChairman/CEO Malon Wilkus
CFO John Erickson
Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)4.3%
Cash/Debt$186 million / $1.74 billion

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 2,073 members who have rated American Capital believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Zo3adams and TDSWIM.

Late last month, Zo3adams tapped American Capital as a potentially juicy income opportunity: "Have to wait out reinstatement of the dividend, time frame is hard to predict, but if able to wait this is a strong bet."

Currently, American Capital even trades at a paltry price-to-book of 0.6. That represents a discount to much larger financial companies like Goldman Sachs (NYS: GS) (0.8), US Bancorp (NYS: USB) (1.4), and Wells Fargo (NYS: WFC) (1.0).

CAPS member TDSWIM elaborates on the American Capital bull case:

While this stock was beaten up badly during the financial crisis, their debt has been refinanced and they have brought on some prominent investors to take a stake since the crash. As the economy picks up, I expect ACAS to be trading back at pre-crisis levels within 3-5 years. ...

I would recommend getting into this stock before they reinstate a dividend. Once dividend payments resume, I believe that stock price appreciation will be greatly accelerated and you do not want to miss out.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned.The Fool owns shares of and has created a ratio put spread position on Wells Fargo.Try any of our Foolish newsletter servicesfree 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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