Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural gas and oil company Contango Oil & Gas (NYSE: MCF) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Contango facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston (1986)

Market Cap

$739.1 million

Industry

Oil and gas exploration and production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$175.2 million

Management

Founder/Chairman Kenneth Peak

Acting CEO Brad Juneau

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

14.4%

Cash/Debt

$130.0 million / $0

Competitors

BP (NYSE:BP)

Callon Petroleum (NYSE:CPE)

Newfield Exploration (NYSE:NFX)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 534 members who have rated Contango believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, beppaun, succinctly summed up the Contango bull case for our community:

One of the few E&P [companies] without debt and free cash flow positive. A play on gas because it is one of the low cost producers without having to hedge the production. One of the highest Sales/Employee [ratios in] the universe.

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