Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, diversified metals processor Worthington Industries (NYS: WOR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Worthington's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Columbus, Ohio (1955)
Chairman/CEO John McConnell
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
$35.3 million / $547.8 million
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 85% of the 155 members who have rated Worthington believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Worthington Industries has a long and illustrious track record, great management, and is in a down industry. ... Steel is pretty cyclical, but with the global economy getting punished the last few years, I think we should be approaching an upcycle. The acquisitions management has made has put Worthington in a position of dominance in cylinder manufacturing, and the company recently expanded into cab manufacturing on top of its other steel related products. ... The two downsides are 1) fairly high debt (>500 million) and 2) low net profit margin in this sector. But I believe that with the management Worthington possesses, these issues can be addressed. The growth prospects are pretty solid in my opinion; those strategic acquisitions in the crisis of 08-09 should pay big dividends.
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