4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: FreightCar America

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, railcar manufacturer FreightCar America (NAS: RAIL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

FreightCar facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Chicago (1901)

Market Cap

$172.2 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$262.2 million


CEO Edward Whalen (since 2009)

CFO Joseph McNeely (since 2010)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$51.1 million / $0

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 805 members who have rated FreightCar believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include djwhr1 and fellow Fool Sean Williams (TMFUltraLong), the sixth-ranked member in all of CAPS.

In a reply pitch from this past summer, djwhr1 summed up the FreightCar bull case:

The rail car industry is poised to grow. Oil is flowing in the Bakken and rail will be the primary way out for some time. This company has a low float and no debt, although they are in a capital intensive business and may need capital going forward. Given that [Warren Buffett] went into railroads tells me he sees growth here as well.

Currently, FreightCar even sports a paltry price-to-book ratio of 0.9. That represents a clear discount to other rail plays like CSX (NYS: CSX) (2.5), Kansas City Southern (NYS: KSU) (2.4), and Union Pacific (NYS: UNP) (2.4).

Sean expands on the outperform argument:

FreightCar America makes perfect sense here. Fuel prices are still high no matter what the pundits say. Oil prices at $80 are still a detriment to truckers and make rail travel far more fuel efficient. Someone needs to build those railcars that carry coal and other goods from point A to point B and FreightCar is that company. Carl Icahn is a shareholder and normally is instrumental at squeezing value out of his investments over time. ... The business model makes sense, now let's see if they can continue to execute.

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