Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, silver royalty holding company Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Silver Wheaton facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Vancouver, Canada (1994)

Market Cap

$5.2 billion


Precious metals and minerals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$239.3 million


CEO Peter Barnes (since 2006)
CFO Gary Brown (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 5 Years)

14.7% and 11.4%

Cash / Debt

$227.6 million / $135.7 million


Coeur d'Alene Mines (NYSE: CDE)
Pan American Silver (Nasdaq: PAAS)
Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL)

Other Highly Rated Precious Metal Plays

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE: FCX)
Vale (NYSE: RIO)
BHP Billiton (NYSE: BHP)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,899 members who have rated Silver Wheaton believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include loverandfighter8 and YouHeardItFirst.

Two months ago, loverandfighter8 tapped Silver Wheaton as a strong defense against the gangrenous greenback:

With the government working tirelessly to devalue the dollar, it's only natural that the price of precious metals will rise, especially silver, since it is not even looked at as a form of currency right now; as opposed to gold, which has been getting a lot of attention for months and months, perhaps longer.

In a pitch from one week later, YouHeardItFirst also helped Fools see the stock's silver lining:

Silver is an asset that will continue to increase in value because of it's use in manufacturing electronics as well as other places. As the Chinese and Indian economies develop, the need for such devices will skyrocket. Silver Wheaton doesn't own the mines, they own the contracts for silver at a set price. In other words, they buy low and sell high. There are all kinds of arguments and counter-arguments, but in the end, it's good enough for me.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.