Why National Western Is Poised to Outperform

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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, life insurance company National Western Life Insurance Company hasearned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

National Westernfacts

Headquarters (founded)

Austin, Texas (1956)

Market Cap

$643.7 million

Industry

Life and health insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$664.7 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Robert Moody
President/COO Ross Moody

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

5.9%

Cash / Debt

$124.6 million / $0

Dividend Yield

0.2%

Competitors

Aviva


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

On CAPS, 95%of the 143 members who have rated National Western believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, All-Star NovaTodd, tapped National Western as a bargain opportunity worth considering:

Trades at a steep discount to tangible book value, but management appears unwilling to pay more than a paltry dividend or repurchase shares. The latter would be especially accretive at these prices. Still a tempting value play with considerable margin of safety.

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The article Why National Western Is Poised to Outperform originally appeared on Fool.com.

Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. 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 Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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