5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Cellcom Israel

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, wireless services specialist Cellcom Israel (NYS: CEL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Cellcom facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Netanya, Israel (1994)

Market Cap

$2.3 billion


Wireless telecom services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.82 billion


CEO Nir Sztern (as of January 1, 2012)

CFO Yaacov Heen

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$532.5 million / $1.44 billion

Dividend Yield


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

On CAPS, 98% of the 542 members who have rated Cellcom believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star kristm, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community, and SpartanMAC.

This past summer, kristm listed several of Cellcom's positives:

High ROE, low PE. Cash flows growing, and margins improving. 5 star in Caps. Healthy dividend. Earnings quality looks good.

In fact, Cellcom boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 27.7%. That's higher than that of much larger telecom plays like AT&T (NYS: T) (17.1%), Verizon (NYS: VZ) (17.2%), and Vodafone (NYS: VOD) (16.2%).

CAPS member SpartanMAC expands on the outperform argument:

[X] High dividend

[X] Profitable telecom business

[X] P/E ratio below 10

[X] Located in tech-savvy Israel, a country overlooked by many investors due to neighboring instability and little media attention.

[X] Has the iPhone.

Only concerns here are with the high taxes Israel charges on dividends, but for US investors those can be deducted from your own income tax filing.

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