5-Star Small Caps Set to Soar: Newpark Resources

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, energy services specialist Newpark Resources (NYSE: NR  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Newpark facts

Headquarters (Founded)

The Woodlands, Texas (1932)

Market Cap

$629.9 million

Industry

Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.0 billion

Management

CEO Paul Howes (since 2006)
CFO Gregg Piontek (since 2011)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

12.6%

Cash/Debt

$35.5 million / $201.6 million

Competitors

Baker Hughes (NYSE: BHI  )
Halliburton
(NYSE: HAL  )
Schlumberger
(NYSE: SLB  )

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 398 members who have rated Newpark believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, ScalaAnalyst, tapped Newpark as a particularly tempting bargain opportunity:

The P/E for this company ... makes it quite attractive. They have been beaten down a bit these last few months and although I don't believe in timing the market, I just think that it will be hard for this to get much lower. ... The revenue growth these last few quarters have been really nice, but not up to [Wall Street] expectations. ... [T]hey are not a large company, so there is a good chance they can eventually double in size or get bought out by a competitor looking to expand.

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