Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, carbon fiber maker Zoltek (UNKNOWN:ZOLT.DL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Zoltek facts

Headquarters (Founded)

St. Louis (1975)

Market Cap

$264.2 million

Industry

Specialty chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$186.3 million

Management

Founder/Chairman/CEO Zsolt Rumy
CFO Andrew Whipple

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

1.5%

Cash / Debt

$29.9 million / $27.5 million

Competitors

Hexcel (NYSE:HXL)
SGL Carbon
Toray Industries

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 759 members who have rated Zoltek believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just a couple of months ago, one of those Fools, Pickle57, touched on the tailwinds working in the stock's favor:

[Zoltek] is a carbon fiber play. I think that this is a major base material for our future. All over our lives. Lighter cars = smaller engines with equal performance = more efficient cars. And that's just one. Windmill blades. The ability for carbon fiber to improve on tons of products currently using traditional metals.

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