5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Exelis

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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, defense company Exelis (NYS: XLS) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Exelis facts

  
HeadquartersMcLean, Va.
Market Cap$1.5 billion
IndustryAerospace and defense
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$6.0 billion
ManagementCEO David Melcher
CFO Peter Milligan
Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin10.4%
Cash/Debt$64.0 million / $649.0 million
Dividend Yield4.8%
CompetitorsBoeing (NYS: BA)
General Dynamics (NYS: GD)
Lockheed Martin (NYS: LMT)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 16 members who have rated Exelis believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include harleytodd and shamapant.

Earlier this week, harleytodd tapped the recent ITT (NYS: ITT) spinoff as a timely bargain opportunity: "$6B rev with $2B mkt cap = cheap. P/E is 4 vs industry P/E of 20. 4.5% yield. The market regularly undervalues spinoffs for a period of time so buy it now!"

In fact, Exelis' P/E of 4 represents a clear discount to competitors like Boeing (14), General Dynamics (9), and Lockheed (9).

CAPS member shamapant elaborates on bull case:

Classic Undervalued Spinoff situation. Exelis trades at just over 4x earnings, and is hit hard for both being a spin-off and being in an industry with a bad rep, defense cuts. ITT shareholders invested for ITT, not for a spinoff company, let alone a defense company...these shares are undervalued-expect a bounce.

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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 General Dynamics and Lockheed. 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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