Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, embattled commercial lender CapitalSource (NYSE:CSE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

CapitalSource facts

Headquarters (founded)

Chevy Chase, Maryland (2000)

Market Cap

$505.33 million


Credit Services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$44.3 million


Co-Founder/CEO John Delaney

President/CEO Dean Graham

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield




Allied Capital (NYSE:ALD),

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

Over on CAPS, 1,705 of the 1,767 members who have rated CapitalSource -- or 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include anxu and Northville.

Late last month, anxu listed several of CapitalSource's sources of strength:

Conservative leverage, ample capital to deploy profitably in this scarce capital environment, savvy management who knows how to negotiate for value, equity trading for way below the cash value, same for book.

In a pitch from one week later, Northville taps the stock as a low-priced, well-managed, and timely opportunity:

This company is in transition at a time when the markets and financial sector is in utter turmoil. What will make this company a winner from the current $1.87 share price is that they now have access to relatively cheap capital to deploy into a market where the interest rate spreads are growing. Delaney and crew have also shown that they know how to employ this capital effectively. Over the long run, this stock is a winner even from my start price.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. American Capital and CapitalSource are former Motley Fool Income Investor picks. Apple is a Stock Advisor selection. The Fool owns shares of CapitalSource. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.