Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, solar and LED equipment maker GT Advanced Technologies (NASDAQOTH:GTATQ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

GT Advanced facts

Headquarters (founded)

Merrimack, N.H. (1994)

Market Cap

$420.4 million

Industry

Semiconductor equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$784.2 million

Management

CEO Thomas Gutierrez (since 2009)

CFO Richard Gaynor (since 2010)

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)

48.7%

Cash/Debt

$479.2 million / $298.1 million

Competitors

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT)

centrotherm photovoltaics

OC Oerlikon

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 639 members who have rated GT Advanced believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last month, one of those Fools, csqrd, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Very well run company with products that are needed by the LED and solar industries to become more efficient. Taking the steps needed to come out of the downturn with strength. Continued investment in product improvements and managing cost reductions appropriate to market conditions. Not a short term momentum play but it looks like an excellent mid term investment. Unless you believe that the LED and solar markets will disappear, [GT Advanced] looks like an excellent investment.

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