5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Seaspan

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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, containership operator Seaspan (NYS: SSW) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Seaspan facts

Headquarters (Founded)Majuro, Marshall Islands (2005)
Market Cap$968.3 million
IndustryShipping
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$484 million
ManagementCEO Gerry Wang (since 2005)
CFO Sai Chu (since 2007)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)(6.4%)
Cash/Debt$152.8 million / $2.8 billion
Dividend Yield5.5%
CompetitorsCostamare (NYS: CMRE)
Danaos (NYS: DAC)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 850 members who have rated Seaspan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star investorpoet2, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community, and thity2hop.

In early July, investorpoet2 tapped Seaspan as a solid income opportunity: "A 5.0% dividend as of today. The company has high fleet utilization and more ships coming online, which should lead to increasing cash flow, a growing dividend, and a much higher price.

Over the next five years, in fact, Seaspan is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 20% annually. That's faster than industry peers like Costamare (5%), Danaos (13%), and DryShips (NAS: DRYS) (10%).

CAPS member thity2hop elaborates on the Seaspan bull case:

Increasing number of long-term fixed rate ship leases to diversified group of well capitalized shipping companies will increase earnings and dividends with moderate risk. Dividend should equal 20-25% of available cash flow (after preferred div) and increase from $0.75 to well over a $1 in the next 12 months. Result is a high yielding growth stock with substantial built in cash flow growth as new ships come on-line.

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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 Seaspan. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended writing a covered straddle position in Seaspan. 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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