5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: National Western Life

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, life insurer National Western Life Insurance Company (NAS: NWLI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

National Western Life facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Austin, Texas (1956)

Market Cap

$513.7 million

Industry

Life and health insurance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$593.4 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Robert Moody
President/COO Ross Moody

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

5.2%

Cash/Debt

$91.9 million / $0

Dividend Yield

0.3%

Competitors

American Fidelity Assurance Company
Aviva
Sammons Financial Group

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 136 members who have rated National Western Life believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Late last week, one of those bulls, All-Star tenmiles, highlighted several of the stock's positives:

Quiet life and annuity player with significant cash, conservative investment portfolio, trading at what appears to be a disproportionately wide discount to book. Wouldn't be surprised to see activist shareholders start to agitate on this one -- looks like right time to initiate new position for patient investors.

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