Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, flat-panel chipmaker Himax Technologies (NASDAQ:HIMX) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Himax facts

Headquarters (founded)

Tainan, Taiwan (2001)

Market Cap

$647.46 million

Industry

Semiconductors

TTM Revenue

$664.9 million

Management

President/CEO Jordan Wu
CFO Max Chan

Return on Equity (average, last three years)

18.6%

Cash/Debt

$139.2 million/$0

Dividend Yield (trailing)

8.6%

Competitors

AMD (NYSE:AMD)
Texas Instruments (NYSE:TXN)

CAPS members bullish on HIMX also bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)
Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL)

CAPS members bearish on HIMX also bearish on:

Citigroup (NYSE:C)
ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP)

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

Over on CAPS, 779 of the 801 members who have rated Himax -- 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars jamespeer and Alwayzwrong, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Last week, jamespeer urged Fools not to panic over Himax's most recent results: "Solid financials. [B]ig sell off today post earnings. As demand recovers with the economy, Himax is well positioned to take advantage. Expecting a good Q4 [2009], 2010 and beyond."

In an earlier pitch, Alwayzwrong also stresses the virtue of patience (at a price that's even cheaper today):

There is a disconnect between the company's fundamentals and its stock chart. The company provides critical inputs for a product that has shown consistent growth in demand over time (flat panel displays). Thus, it should only be a matter of time before demand for flat panel displays increase, and [Himax's] stock price should move to bridge the gap between the company's fundamentals and its stock chart. This is a long-term value play, and may require a good deal of patience.

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