5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Chemspec

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese chemical company Chemspec International (NYSE: CPC  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Chemspec facts

Headquarters (Founded) Shanghai, China (1996)
Market Cap $271.9 million
Industry Specialty chemicals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $149.9 million

Chairman/CEO Jianhua Yang

CFO Zixin Wang

Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin 26.8%
Cash/Debt $22.5 million / $13.5 million

Balchem (Nasdaq: BCPC  )

Sigma-Aldrich (Nasdaq: SIAL  )

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 99% of the 124 members who have rated Chemspec believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Nestorvestor and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Late last year, Nestorvestor offered some thoughts on CEO Jianhua Yang's recent proposal to take Chemspec private: "The company board received an buyout offer from the CEO, who already owns more than 50% of stock, for $8 per ADS. ... I think this is a lowball offer. ... If we take to account the pure cash flow and ROE the company should be valued near $14."

In fact, Chemspec currently trades at a forward P/E of just 7.4. That's a clear discount to listed rivals Balchem (25.2) and Sigma-Aldrich (17.1), as well as much larger chemical plays like Ashland (NYSE: ASH  ) (11.9), Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW  ) (11.0), and DuPont (NYSE: DD  ) (13.1).

CAPS All-Star mrindependent elaborates on the bull case:

This well positioned Chinese manufacturer of flourinated chemicals enjoys a diverse customer base and thrives by tailoring its products to the specific needs of its customers. The CEO has offered to purchase the company for $8.00 per ADR, but this offer seems way too low. Although I don't like to see the CEO pushing out other shareholders, I do applaud his commitment to the firm. The company's balance sheet is cash rich. ... I am reassured that the auditor is KPMG.

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