Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, food industry waste recycler Darling International (NYSE:DAR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Darling facts

Headquarters (founded)

Irving, Tex. (1882)

Market Cap

$536.1 million


Agricultural Products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$738.5 million


Chairman/CEO Randall Stuewe (since 2003)

CFO John Muse (since 2000)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)



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

Over on CAPS, 98% of the 957 members who have rated Darling believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MMcCabeNMC and All-Star Babachrono, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

In late May, MMcCabeNMC explained both sides of the stock's story:

There are two sides to this business -- the most glamorous side is picking up grease that can be recycled into biofuels. The less glamorous side is picking up grease and cleaning grease traps from restaurants. Either way, the company wins if the economy expands.

In a pitch from last month, Babachrono also tapped Darling as an up-and-coming darling stock:

Good business model, takes all the trash that no one wants, will clean and collect it, then turn it into something useable. Great in terms of the emphasis on green industry that will be going on throughout the new administration. We all know fast food and restaurants will never go out of style. ... Revenue and NI growing well, and SG&A being kept under control, hopefully they can keep that trend going. ... Decent cash on hand compared to debt load, but they burned a lot last quarter and need to get a handle on it. I think overall their prospects are good, need to focus on getting cleaning contracts from national chains to help with a steady flow of income.

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