5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Terra Nitrogen

Brian D. Pacampara, The Motley Fool

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, nitrogen products producer Terra Nitrogen Company (NYS: TNH) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Terra Nitrogen facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Deerfield, Ill. (1991)

Market Cap

$2.93 billion


Agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$741 million


Chairman/CEO Dr. Stephen Wilson
Vice President Douglas Barnard

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$144 million / $0

Dividend Yield


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

On CAPS, 96.5% of the 1,300 members who have rated Terra Nitrogen believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include indotrekker and americanbuffalo.

Earlier this month, indotrekker tapped the stock as a timely income opportunity: "[Terra Nitrogen's] high-yield dividends, market niche and huge profit margins will set it up as a hedge for many cautious investors in this precarious market."

Currently, Terra Nitrogen even sports a cheapish P/E of 6.6. That represents a clear discount to industry peers like Monsanto (NYS: MON) (23.7), PotashCorp (NYS: POT) (12.1), and Syngenta (NYS: SYT) (17.0).

CAPS member americanbuffalo expands on Terra as a great way to play defense:

I'm adding this fertilizer company to my picks based on my assumption that we are on the cusp of a nasty bear market. This is a high yield, low beta stock in an industry tied to food production -- just the ticket to ride out a bear market. Terra Nitrogen performed very well in the last bear cycle (2008) and may provide some protection over the next few months.

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