Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electrical products maker AZZ (NYSE:AZZ) 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 woefully lag the market average.

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

AZZ facts

Headquarters (founded)

Fort Worth, Texas (1956)

Market Cap

$300.56 million


Heavy Electrical Equipment

TTM Revenue

$366.43 million


CEO David Dingus (since 2001)

CFO Dana Perry (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



Eaton (NYSE:ETN),

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bullish on AZZ also bullish on:

Southern Copper (NYSE:PCU),


CAPS members bearish on AZZ also bearish on:



Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's), and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 506 of the 524 members who have rated AZZ -- or 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include viasyncro and hawk109.

Late last month, viasyncro described AZZ as a solid "American electrical product manufacturer. Galvanizing business under short term pressure, but electrical segment is the real future of the company."

In a pitch from November, hawk109 cites the stock's valuation, which seemed to make it a bargain (and is even cheaper today), as reason to jump in:

Azz Inc, has had positive earnings surprises the last two quarters. Sales are expected to increase next year over this year and earnings growth for the next 3 quarters will outpace the previous year. This company has positive earnings estimates going into the next three quarters. The [return on equity] is 24% with an ROA of 14% and an increasing operating margin. With good cash flow, PEG of 0.81, low debt and low price to book, this stock is a buy.

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