5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Hillenbrand

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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, diversified industrial company Hillenbrand (NYS: HI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Hillenbrand facts

Headquarters (founded)Batesville, Ind. (2008)
Market Cap$1.2 billion
IndustryPersonal services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$933.7 million
ManagementCEO Kenneth Camp (since 2008)
CFO Cynthia Lucchese (since 2008)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)26.4%
Cash/Debt$60.1 million / $347.6 million
Dividend Yield4%
CompetitorsAurora Casket Company
Badger Meter
Matthews International

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 342 members who have rated Hillenbrand believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bulls, jsn1080, likened Hillenbrand to a baby Berkshire Hathaway:

Management appears to doing the right things. Current value combined with dividend % and superb [free cash flow]/[revenue] ratio. Almost seems [too] good to be true for a small growth company. The company is like a mini Berkshire Hathaway of 45 years ago. Hopefully management can exponentially increase the intrinsic value of this company like [Warren Buffett] did for Berkshire owners.

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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 Hillenbrand and Berkshire. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Hillenbrand and Berkshire. 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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