Why Western Union Is Poised to Bounce Back
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, money transfer giant Western Union has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Western Union, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Western Union facts
Englewood, Colo. (1851)
Data processing and outsourced services
CEO Hikmet Ersek (since 2010)
CFO Scott Scheirman (since 2006)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)
$1.8 billion / $40 billion
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 97% of the 1,639 members who have rated Western Union believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Western Union stumbled on earnings and was punished late last fall with a 30% drop. It has recovered slightly, but we are looking at a company that will earn around $1.50 in 2014. What kind of multiple should we put on the company? How about 11x 2014 earnings due to their relatively stable cash flow generation and 3.5% current yield. My 12-18 month price target is $16.50.
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