5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Bladex

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Latin American bank Banco Latinoamericano de Comercio Exterior (Bladex) (NYS: BLX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Bladex facts

Headquarters (founded)

Panama City (1977)

Market Cap

$749.4 million


Diversified banks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$151.7 million


CEO Jaime Rivera (since 2004)
CFO Christopher Schech (since 2009)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$542.7 million / $2.8 billion

Dividend Yield



Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
Banco Santander

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 410 members who have rated Bladex believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of months ago, one of those bulls, KayakerRW, highlighted Bladex as a bankable income opportunity:

Good, solid dividend. Very reasonable P/E ratio now. Exposure to Latin America and other markets. I like it better than many U.S. banks. ... It may drop a bit in the short term ... but that just means more shares bought with the dividend. The long term looks good.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Bladex and Citigroup. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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