4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Beam

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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, premium spirits specialist Beam (NYS: BEAM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Beam facts

Headquarters (founded)Deerfield, Ill. (1904)
Market Cap$7.47 billion
IndustryDistillers and vintners
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$6.74 billion
ManagementCEO Matthew Shattock CFO Robert Probst
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)5.7%
Cash/Debt$290.8 million / $3.87 billion
Dividend Yield1.6%
CompetitorsBrown Forman (NYS: BF.B) Constellation Brands (NYS: STZ) Diageo (NYS: DEO)

Source: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 95% of the 38 members who have rated Beam believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include AwesomeOpossum and All-Star Eerkes, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Just last week, AwesomeOpossum tapped Beam as a particularly stable pick:

No matter what the economy does, people will consume liquor. If it goes well, they'll drink to celebrate. If it does poorly, they will drink to forget. Through all of it, Beam will make sure there's plenty of booze to go around.

Over the next five years, in fact, Beam is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 13% annually. That's slightly faster than that of competitors such as Brown Forman (9.8%), Constellation Brands (10.8%), and Diageo (10.7%).

CAPS member Eerkes elaborates on the bull case:

[I]f BEAM can bring its operational performance in line with [Diageo], it is worth about $55-$60 / share.

I do think this company has a better portfolio of brands as compared to its market size than [Diageo], and should be able to attain better growth through brand investment, increasing the value of this company, although I am not going to attempt to quantify it.

Also BEAM has lots of potential overseas.

I am not the only one who sees this, expect the share price to rise soon because of smart buying, or a buyout in short order from private equity or perhaps [Diageo] itself.

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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 Motley Fool owns shares of Diageo. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Diageo and Beam. 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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