Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, embattled commercial lender CapitalSource (NYSE:CSE) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

CapitalSource facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Chevy Chase, Md. (2000)

Market Cap

$1.26 billion


Credit services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

($329.4 million)


Co-Founder/CEO John Delaney

President/COO Dean Graham

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,918 members who have rated CapitalSource believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star investorpoet2, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community, and CSElover.

Late last month, investorpoet2 applauded CapitalSource's transformation into a commercial bank:

There are still risks based on covenants on their restructured debt, but barring a complete economic collapse from here it looks like they're going to be OK. The new CapitalSource Bank should be an earnings machine once the market improves. For now, I believe book value is a good proxy for the company's worth. The current book value is around $8 per share ... that's about a double from here.

In a pitch from one month earlier, CSElover expands on the stock as a particularly bankable bet:

[CapitalSource] with no doubt has its problems with the current credit issues and financial turmoil but what makes this stock a winner is the GREAT management [led] by Delaney who predicted these problems way ahead of the game and made moves to secure its access to cheap money by buying banking branches from [Fremont Investment and Loan] for dirt. That's vision! And that is why I believe that this strong management will navigate us through this turmoil and along the way snatch up opportunities to ensure not only its survival but its success in coming years. [CapitalSource] will be great once again.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. CEMEX is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. The Fool owns shares of CEMEX and CapitalSource. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.