5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Craft Brew Alliance

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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, craft beer specialist Craft Brew Alliance (NAS: BREW) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Craft Brew facts

Headquarters (founded)Portland, Ore. (1981)
Market Cap$126.3 million
IndustryBrewers
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$149.2 million
ManagementCEO Terry Michaelson (since 2008)
CFO Mark Moreland (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)4.2%
Cash/Debt$800 thousand / $14.4 million
CompetitorsAnheuser-Busch
Diageo
MillerCoors

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 114 members who have rated Craft Brew believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Last year, one of those Fools, NHWeston, succinctly summed up the opportunity:

Craft is in an interesting and potentially very profitable situation. It brews a number of certifiable craft beers with breweries strategically located in the Northwest. ... As such, it is still a craftbeer but is not localized as so many names are. ... Second, Craft makes good beers, not mass produced drek, a danger to brewers like Sam Adams and a reality with big names. Finally, they have a number of tie ins with the Bud Boys, so the possibility of a buyout is very real.

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