4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Luxottica


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, luxury eyewear specialist Luxottica Group (NYS: LUX) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Luxottica facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Milan, Italy (1961)

Market Cap

$15.8 billion


Apparel, accessories and luxury goods

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$8.1 billion


CEO Andrea Guerra (since 2004) CFO Enrico Cavatorta (since 1999)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$864.0 million / $3.6 billion

Dividend Yield



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

On CAPS, 95% of the 225 members who have rated Luxottica believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, 3Fairfield, summed up the bull case for our community:

[Luxottica] is the leading luxury retailer of popular sunglass brands like Oakley, Porche, Armani, Ray ban and many more (and introducing 'Coach' brand this year) that are sold in both stand alone shops and in major retailers. ...

[Luxottica] is based in Milan and despite worldwide retail and wholesale revenues with 60% of sales from North America and 13% from Asia, [Luxottica] stock has not escaped some battering of the price due to the EU crises in past quarters. With plans for continued expansion in South America and China in the works and showing increases in revenue in the last half of 2011, I anticipate more upticks in revenue and profits in the quarters ahead. ...

I see the market for sunglasses and other lenses to expand rapidly in Asia and South America and Luxottica's leadership position enabling them to corner the emerging market share.

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