4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Esterline Technologies

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, aerospace and defense supplier Esterline Technologies (NYS: ESL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Esterline facts

Headquarters (founded)

Bellevue, Wash. (1967)

Market Cap

$1.8 billion

Industry

Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.7 billion

Management

CEO Richard Lawrence (since 2009)
CFO Robert George (since 1999)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

9.3%

Cash/Debt

$185.0 million / $1.0 billion

Competitors

Eaton
GE Aviation
Meggitt PLC

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 158 members who have rated Esterline believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those bulls, Motley Fool co-founder David Gardner (TMFSpiffyPop), nicely summed up the opportunity:

Relevant, aerospace-focused defense tech company based in Bellevue, WA whose stock is out of favor and underperforming over the past year. However, this has been a good steady stock over the years and appears pretty underfollowed. I am not an expert in this industry (or really, any industry), but this looks to me like a good price and a market-beater from here over the next three years.

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