4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Lear

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

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

Lear facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Southfield, Mich. (1917)

Market Cap

$4.7 billion


Auto parts and equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$13.16 billion


CEO Matthew Simoncini

Interim CFO Jason Cardew

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$1.77 billion / $697.6 million

Dividend Yield



BorgWagner (NYS: BWA)

Eaton (NYS: ETN)

Johnson Controls (NYS: JCI)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 70 members who have rated Lear believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include robertshrestha and MagicDiligence.

Just last week, robertshrestha listed several of Lear's positives: "Much healthier business after emerging from ch.11, solid cash position, rebounding sales, low P/E, small dividend. Nice turnaround play."

In fact, Lear currently sports a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 6.9. That represents a clear discount to listed rivals like BorgWagner (15.5), Eaton (13.8), and Johnson Controls (33.4).

CAPS member MagicDiligence elaborates on the bull case:

Lear, like many companies in the auto industry, is enjoying a rebirth. ... The company has emerged as a much more attractive entity. The debt load is down to a more manageable $700 million, which is covered over two times by cash ($1.8 billion), and has no maturities until 2018. ... Lear's robust health now is demonstrated by its commitment to return capital to shareholders, with the initiation of a small (1.2%) dividend, and a $400 million share repurchase program, in addition to a stock split earlier this year. ...

Overall, I believe the restructuring and rebound in the auto industry makes this a better area to invest than in the past, and the proliferation of new electronic gadgets and hybrid/electric powertrains create a nice opportunity for this company. My fair value is about $55, representing a nice 30% upside to current trading prices.

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