Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, small-cap coal miner International Coal Group (NYSE:ICO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

International Coal facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Scott Depot, W.Va. (2004)

Market Cap

$581 million


Coal and consumable fuels

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.13 billion


CEO Bennett Hatfield (since 2005)
CFO Bradley Harris (since 2006)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$66.3 million / $443.3 million


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CAPS Members Bullish on ICO Also Bullish on

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

On CAPS, 96.5% of the 736 members who have rated International Coal believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars nibs61 and JMJeffrey, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Late last month, nibs61 made a rather simple case for betting on black: "Coal is still needed to fuel this world and this company does it well. The price is cheap right now."

In a pitch from three weeks ago, JMJeffrey shares that sooty sentiment:

Coal for all its bad publicity will still be around and widely used. Once the global economy picks up, [International Coal] should be well positioned with its increased focus on metallurgical coal to outperform the market from these prices. ... [T]hey continue to ramp up in the highly profitable metallurgical coal area. ... [W]e have [a] company getting a much better price for coal, with a greater percentage of the more profitable metallurgical coal. ... This is mostly a commodity play on coal prices but the company is well-run and should do better than most in converting coal to cash.

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