Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, electrical components maker Thomas & Betts (NYSE:TNB) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Thomas & Betts facts

Headquarters (founded)

Memphis, Tenn. (1898)

Market Cap

$1.51 billion


Industrial Electrical Equipment

TTM Revenue

$2.47 billion


CEO Dominic Pileggi (since 2004)
CFO Kenneth Fluke (since 2004)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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

Over on CAPS, some 98% of the 233 members who have rated Thomas & Betts believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include bean1999 and TSIF, both of whom are ranked in the top 11% of our community.

In late January, bean1999 summed up the electric opportunity for our community: "Excellent management, low debt, back orders, solar energy and the federal recovery package."

In a pitch from February, TSIF tapped Thomas & Betts as a particularly trendy bet:

In all of the "right" infrastructure plays...electrical components for industrial, commercial, communications, and utility markets. Three segments: Electrical; Steel Structures; and Heating, Ventilation, and Air-Conditioning (HVAC). Fits the play and has a P/E of 5.8, very reasonable cash flow to debt, plus 10% margins, including 20% ROE.

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