4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Kennametal

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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, industry tool manufacturer Kennametal (NYS: KMT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Kennametal facts

Headquarters (Founded)Latrobe, Penn. (1938)
Market Cap$2.6 billion
IndustryIndustrial machinery
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$2.4 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO Carlos Cardozo

Vice President/CFO Frank Simpkins

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)4.1%
Cash/Debt$204.57 million / $316.05 million
Dividend Yield1.5%
Competitors

Allegheny Technologies (NYS: ATI)

Carpenter Technology (NYS: CRS)

Illinois Tool Works (NYS: ITW)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 281 members who have rated Kennametal believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars BudandMolly and RedandBlack, both of whom are ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Earlier this summer, BudandMolly listed several of Kennametal's positives:

Dominate their field of specialized tools for industry. Broad customer base and excellent pricing ability. Good long term investment. Buy on significant dips.

In fact, Kennametal currently sports a cheapish forward P/E of 7.9. That represents a discount to listed rivals like Allegheny (9.8), Carpenter (13.6), and Illinois Tool Works (10.1).

CAPS All-Star RedandBlack expands on the outperform argument:

The fears of a double dip recession have hurt KMT who supplies cutting tools and equipment to machine shops. The company has cut cost the last few years and is improving their returns of invested capital. I really like the repeatable purchase nature of their business. Once their machines are installed customers must repeatedly buy the expendable components to go with it.

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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 Illinois Tool Works. 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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