Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian electricity provider CPFL Energia (NYSE: CPL) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

CPFL facts

Headquarters (Founded) Sao Paulo, Brazil (1998)
Market Cap $11.8 billion
Industry Foreign utilities
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $6.5 billion
Management CEO/CFO Wilson Ferreira Jr.
Administrative Vice President Jose de Melo
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 27.6%
Cash/Debt $840.7 million / $4.68 billion
Dividend Yield 6.4%
Competitors AES (NYSE: AES)
Centrais Electricas Brasileiras (NYSE: EBR)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 99% of the 642 members who have rated CPFL believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star bobrobnc, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and StockTradingFool.

Less than two months ago, bobrobnc tapped CPFL as a misunderstood income opportunity: "Good growth, emerging market (Brazil), and an excellent dividend that the pundits keep saying can't continue (while I've collected on it in [real life] three times now)."

Although CPFL's high yield and payout ratio of 80% should certainly give investors some pause, our community remains confident about the company's total-return potential. Thanks to its sheer scale and monopoly like status in Brazil, CPFL's three-year average return on capital (12.9%) easily tops that of rivals AES (7.4%) and Centrais Electricas (2.5%), as well as other highly rated utilities like Duke (NYSE: DUK) (4.7%), Southern (NYSE: SO) (6.7%), and Entergy (NYSE: ETR) (7.1%). While that operational edge has helped CPFL's shares absolutely crush the market over the last five years, CAPS member StockTradingFool touches on why CPFL should continue to outperform:

CPFL is Brazil's largest non-state-owned utility company. It pays a dividend in excess of 6%, yet it is making huge investments in its distribution network to support the increasing energy needs of its customers. As the Brazilian economy continues to increase, those needs should skyrocket.

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