5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Hormel Foods

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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, meat and food products producer Hormel Foods (NYS: HRL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Hormel facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Austin, Minn. (1891)

Market Cap

$7.82 billion

Industry

Packaged foods and meats

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.85 billion

Management

CEO Jeffrey Ettinger
CFO Jody Feragen

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

17.1%

Cash/Debt

$573.5 million / $250 million

Dividend Yield

1.7%

Competitors

ConAgra Foods (NYS: CAG)
Kraft (NYS: KFT)
Tyson Foods (NYS: TSN)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 274 members who have rated Hormel believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Cinquero and All-Star BKITU.

This past summer, Cinquero tapped Hormel as a scrumptious international selection: "[G]lobal food player. [G]lobal population growth and rise of the East."

Over the past three years, Hormel has even grown its dividend at a solid rate of 11.4% annually. That's faster than competitors like ConAgra (6.6%), Kraft (2.4%), and Tyson (0%).

CAPS All-Star BKITU elaborates on the bull case:

Exactly the type of stock that will perform well as globalization increases. Cheap staples/consumables for convenience and comfort, simple luxuries, and so on. Increasing middle classes in developing countries will be looking for things like this. On top of that, the company is a proven performer, and has excellent revenue and earnings per-employee versus its peers in the market.

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