Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Spartan Motors (NASDAQ:SPAR), which makes vehicle chassis and bodies, has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Spartan facts

Headquarters (founded)

Charlotte, Mich. (1975)

Market Cap

$291.3 million


Auto parts and equipment

TTM Revenue

$695.8 million


CEO John Sztykiel (since 2002)
CFO James Knapp (since 2002)

Return on Equity (average last three years)


Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, fully 459 of the 485 members who have rated Spartan -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Goldenage52 and All-Star Babachrono, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Last month, Goldenage52 wrote that Spartan "is building quality products that Government units need as well as the military. Economy and publicity soured, taking share price on a rollercoaster ride." Our CAPS All-Star concludes: "Fundamentally a very good company I am proud to support-not to mention they support the Michigan economy with jobs."

In a pitch from four days earlier, Babachrono also taps Spartan as a military leader:

Makes items that can't ever go out of style, emergency and military equipment aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Being over in Afghanistan, I see lots and lots of new [Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles] arriving daily, and with the surge coming you can only bet we've ordered plenty more for all the new troops. Has cash on hand to cover debt ...

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