5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Western Union


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, money transfer agent Western Union (NYS: WU) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Western Union facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Englewood, Colo. (1851)

Market Cap

$10.6 billion


Data processing and outsourced services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$5.34 billion


CEO Hikmet Ersek (since 2010)

CFO Scott Scheirman (since 2006)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$2.1 billion / $3.6 billion

Dividend Yield



American Express (NYS: AXP)

Global Payments (NYS: GPN)

Moneygram International (NYS: MGI)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,503 members who have rated Western Union believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include gweech and ArfytheSeal.

Earlier this year, gweech nicely summed up the Western Union bull case:

The de facto standard for shipping money all over the world. Not everyone has a paypal account nor will everyone get one. The vast majority of people receiving remittances in developing countries rely on Western Union.

Currently, Western Union even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 9.8. That represents a discount to rivals American Express (11.1), Global Payments (12.7), and Moneygram (17.5).

CAPS member ArfytheSeal elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

The firm is one of only two major money transfer services. I like the fact that it weathered the great recession well, barely missing a beat in the 08-09 timeframe. [Year-to-date] there is moderate growth while valuation is truly compelling, with a forward p/e ratio not far over 10x.

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