Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, PriceSmart (NASDAQ:PSMT), which operates warehouse-shopping clubs in Central America and the Caribbean, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

PriceSmart facts

Headquarters (founded)

San Diego, Calif. (1994)

Market Cap

$450.4 million


Hypermarkets and Super Centers

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.23 billion


CEO Robert Price (since 2006)

CFO John Heffner (since 2004)

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.

Over on CAPS, 115 of the 121 members who have rated PriceSmart -- some 95% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star tenmiles, the fourth-ranked player in all of CAPS, and snootloop.

Just last week, tenmiles highlighted the valuation as a particularly smart price for PriceSmart:

With less than 30 warehouse clubs in operation, lots of room for growth in their markets. Not immune to ugly [year-over-year] monthly sales patterns, but should survive. Company is working to reduce debt; recent selloff puts it back at attractive valuation for longer-term.

In an earlier pitch, snootloop makes an exciting, cost-cutting comparison:

Think Costco (NASDAQ:COST) but smaller and international. It's a fairly aggressive play for the patient investor and it's called PriceSmart. Mainly in focused in Latin America and the Caribbean, this San Diego based company is beginning to grow earnings faster than sales. There is fairly high insider ownership and has founders that have been successful in this type of enterprise before with Price Club (Price Club merged with Costco). Consumers in the part of the world where PriceSmart operates are looking to stretch their purchasing power just like the rest of us and are beginning to open their eyes to the value warehouse clubs can provide.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Wal-Mart and Costco are Motley Fool Inside Value picks. Costco is also a Stock Advisor selection, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.