4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: USEC


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, enriched-uranium supplier USEC (NYS: USU) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

USEC facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Bethesda, Md. (1993)

Market Cap

$291.4 million


Consumable fuels

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.07 billion


CEO John Welch (since 2005)

CFO John Barpoulis (since 2006)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$340.2 million / $615 million


Cameco (NYS: CCJ)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,410 members who have rated USEC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star SuperCharge, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and ws6transam84.

This past summer, SuperCharge tapped the stock as a potent choice for less risk-averse Fools: "Speculative pick on Nuke energy and that the DOE loan guarantee will fall into place soon and allow USEC to complete the American Centrifuge Project. Stock price is near historic lows pending the DOE decision."

In fact, USEC currently sports a particularly paltry price-to-cash flow ratio of 3.5. That represents a discount to other uranium plays like Cameco (14.9) and Denison Mines (ASE: DNN) (15.0).

CAPS member ws6transam84 elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

Beaten down by world politics, we have yet to see a competing source of viable large-scale energy production that is not a source of greenhouse gas. Therefore, once the world has tired of paying for the limited resource of LNG & coal, they will revisit nuclear energy, note the safety record of power plants built post-1979, and demand for uranium will return. So shall demand for USEC in the long-term.

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