Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, buttery spread specialist Smart Balance (NASDAQ:SMBL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Smart Balance facts


Paramus, N.J.

Market Cap

$394.57 million


Packaged foods and meats

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$246.15 million


Founder/CEO Stephen Hughes
CFO Alan Gever

Trailing-12-Month Return on Capital



$8.4 million / $68.1 million


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

On CAPS, 94% of the 166 members who have rated Smart Balance believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Bogey02 and ForceMajeure26.

Just last month, Bogey02 highlighted the company's healthy fundamentals: "CEO has great track record in this industry; sales growth in existing products and introducing new lines; good growth model in healthy products segment of the food market."

In an earlier pitch, ForceMajeure26 elaborates on the stock as a particularly smooth selection. Here's an excerpt:

Most have probably seen Smart Balance's line of healthy buttery spreads while shopping for the weekly groceries. ... Haven't tried the spread yet? Maybe you should -- the spreads are made from a blend of natural oils (Omega 3's) to help balance unhealthy fats in consumer's diets and to help improve the good-to-bad cholesterol ratio.

As the brand name grows, the company is hoping its loyal customers of their butter spreads will realize the benefits of healthy fats can be found in its new offerings: Peanut Butter, cooking sprays and oils, mayonnaise, popcorn, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and milk.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Smart Balance is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers choice. Unilever is a Motley Fool Global Gains and an Income Investor pick. Apple is a selection of Stock Advisor. Chesapeake Energy is an Inside Value pick, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.