Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer (NYSE: ERJ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Embraer facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Sao Jose dos Campos, Brazil (1969)

Market Cap

$4.4 billion


Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6 billion


CEO Frederico Curado (since 2007)
CFO Luiz Aguiar (since 2009)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$2.54 billion / $2.06 billion


General Dynamics (NYSE: GD)
Raytheon (NYSE: RTN)
Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE: SPR)

Other Aerospace and Defense Companies

Boeing (NYSE: BA)
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)
Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 646 members who have rated Embraer believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include ScottishPete and All-Star Schmacko, who is ranked in the top 6% of our community.

Just last month, ScottishPete remained cautiously optimistic about Embraer's regional niche: "Major established player in the regional jet business left alone by Boeing and Airbus. Competition from China's emerging commercial jet manufacturing business could affect [Embraer] with Brazil's smaller economy."

In a pitch from three weeks ago, Schmacko expands on the stock as a great bet to take off:

I expect the highly regarded Super Tucano will find its way into more airforces in the region over the next few years. I also think once the KC-390 goes into production it will have strong domestic and international demand as a low cost alternative to many countries aging C-130 fleets. Strategic airlift capability is painfully lacking in many countries around the world participating in NATO and UN peacekeeping missions. I expect over the next decade Embraer could be one of the main companies filling that gap.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Spirit AeroSystems is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems selection, General Dynamics is an Inside Value choice, and Embraer is a Stock Advisor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.