Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bad-debt collector Portfolio Recovery Associates (NASDAQ:PRAA) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Portfolio Recovery facts

Headquarters (founded)

Norfolk, Va. (1996)

Market Cap

$1.9 billion


Consumer finance

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$556.6 million


Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO Steven Fredrickson
Co-Founder/CFO Kevin Stevenson

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)


Cash / Debt

$31.5 million / $250.7 million


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NCO Group

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 3,114 members who have rated Portfolio Recovery believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, talkingmonkey, succinctly summed up the Portfolio Recovery bull case for our community:

[A]s long as there are people who can't or won't pay their bills and manage their debt, there will be a need for companies like [Portfolio Recovery]. All of them chomping at the bit for the chance to make a tidy profit by trolling for dollars. Call it a necessary evil. I still don't like 'em. But they are profitable. And you know what "they" say: If [you] can't beat 'em with a giant stick, you might as well follow them around and pick up the change that's spilling out of their pockets. OK, fine, "they" never said that, but the logic is sound.

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