Based on the aggregated intelligence of the 120,000 investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, material-handling equipment maker K-Tron International (NASDAQ:KTII) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks have woefully lagged the market average.

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

K-Tron facts

Headquarters (founded)

Pitman, N.J. (1964)

Market Cap

$223.14 million

Industry

Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$236.29 million

Management

CEO Edward Cloues II (since 1998)
CFO Ronald Remick (since 1999)

Return on Equity (average last three years)

23.7%

Competitors

Badger Meter (NYSE:BMI)
Key Technology (NASDAQ:KTEC)

CAPS members bullish on KTII also bullish on:

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)
Vale (NYSE:RIO)

CAPS members bearish on KTII also bearish on:

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)
PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)

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

Over on CAPS, 97% of the 402 members who have rated K-Tron believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include fdude71 and randyriv.

Last month, fdude71 explained why K-Tron was a good idea:

good small cap in a good industry.
international exposure.
good mgt ...
good time to get in.

In an earlier pitch from late October, randyriv elaborates on the bull case, writing:

A rare small-cap with global presence and great management. K-Tron serves niche markets in the food, drug, and energy sectors (can you say recession-proof?). Close to 40% of the company's revenue is generated overseas. Management is top-notch and has a knack for making acquisitions that quickly become accretive to earnings.

In 2007, [K-Tron] grew revenues and earnings by 36% and 63% respectively. Given the company's management, size, and the markets it serves, there's no reason to believe that K-Tron can't continue its strong growth trend over the next few years.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. K-Tron is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems Pay Dirt recommendation. Apple is a selection of Stock Advisor. The Fool owns shares of K-Tron. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.