5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: RailAmerica
Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, short-line railroad operator RailAmerica (NYS: RA) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at RailAmerica's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Jacksonville, Fla. (1985)|
|Market Cap||$1.2 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$569.6 million|
|Management||CEO John Giles (since 2007)|
CFO B. Clyde Preslar (since 2008)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||0.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$98.5 million / $655.9 million|
|Competitors||Genesee & Wyoming|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 96% of the 110 members who have rated RailAmerica believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Betting on the buyout has a logic all its own, but this little collections of shortline railroads has a lot else going for it. They serve many neglected areas that contribute to freight commodities not covered by the powerhouse lines. In bad times, they can always sell off a piece or two to ambitious locals and make money. A buyout baron will think the same thing -- that the parts are worth more than the whole.
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