4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Republic Services


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, waste hauler Republic Services (NYS: RSG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Republic Services facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Phoenix (1996)

Market Cap

$11.1 billion


Waste management

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.13 billion


CEO Donald Slager

CFO Tod Holmes

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$321.5 million / $7.31 billion

Dividend Yield



Waste Management (NYS: WM)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 503 members who have rated Republic Services believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include sOnTheIsle and All-Star 4thRockFool, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community.

This past summer, sOnTheIsle listed several of Republic Services' positives:

Solid company and management. Contract with city of Las Vegas through [2035]. Very nice consistent, sustainable and growing dividend!

Trading at huge discount. What's not to like?

Over the past five years, in fact, Republic has grown its dividend at a solid rate of 16.5% annually. That's faster than industry peers like Waste Management (9.3%), Veolia Environnement (NYS: VE) (7.3%), and US Ecology (NAS: ECOL) (3.7%).

CAPS All-Star 4thRockFool elaborates on the bull case:

Should be a gem in this garbage heap of a market. [Republic Services] generates lots of free cash from its trash hauling services and has been using that cash in shareholder friendly ways -- increasing the dividend and buying back stock. Even in a double dip recession, someone needs to pick up the trash. Yields close to [3%] and the dividend is likely to be increased over time.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Republic Services, Waste Management, and Veolia, as well as writing a covered strangle position in Waste Management. The Fool owns shares of Waste Management. 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 Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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