5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Westport Innovations

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, alternative fuel technologist Westport Innovations (Nasdaq: WPRT  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Westport facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Vancouver, Canada (1995)

Market Cap

$891.76 million

Industry

Pollution and treatment controls

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$154.15 million

Management

Founder/CEO David Demers

CFO William Larkin

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

(36.2%)

Cash/Debt

$185.7 million / $23.8 million

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 364 members who have rated Westport so far believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include craigt111 and All-Star TMFthump, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Earlier this month , craigt111 touched on the tailwinds working in Westport's favor:

The intn'l natural gas market -- already ahead of the United States in implementation -- will sustain this company's stock, regardless of America's commitment. Recently, UPS (NYSE: UPS  ) made a large commitment to public-access LNG stations, plus 1,100 fleet trucks powered by Westport.

Over the next five years, in fact, Westport is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 30% annually. That's faster than other clean energy plays like Fuel Systems Solutions (Nasdaq: FSYS  ) (15%) and Tesla Motors (Nasdaq: TSLA  ) (20%).

CAPS All-Star TMFthump expands on Westport as an overlooked opportunity:

I've been building positions in natural gas believing that it's only a matter of time until we choose some tangible way of distancing ourselves from war and turmoil in the Middle East. My oversight was that the stocks I've been adding are exclusively focus on the exploration and delivery side of this natural resource. With [Westport] I'm acknowledging that mistake and trying to look at opportunities beyond just energy companies.

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  • Report this Comment On March 30, 2011, at 11:02 AM, poocheolli wrote:

    Cummins should buy this company. You should buy this company. Its going up.

  • Report this Comment On March 30, 2011, at 12:53 PM, dlito22 wrote:

    Does Westport have anything to do with Ford's news about their E-series changing over to natural gas?

  • Report this Comment On May 17, 2011, at 3:55 PM, colinben wrote:

    Worked with this Company in Long Beach California implementing LNG powered engines in trucks in the Port of Long Beach/LA. The real deal, great technology and expertise. Great partnership with Cummins. Now working with gas producers like Encana. Poised to make huge inroads in North America. Injection technology is the real deal and PATENTED. Most of the research I have read on this company in the last few years is out to lunch. Good on the Fool

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