Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, IT-products specialist Ingram Micro (NYSE: IM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Ingram facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Santa Ana, Calif. (1979)

Market Cap

$2.96 billion


Technology distributors

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$29.5 billion


CEO Gregory Spierkel (since 2005)
CFO William Humes (since 2005)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$911 million / $380 million


Arrow Electronics (NYSE: ARW)
Tech Data (Nasdaq: TECD)

Key Suppliers

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)
Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ)
Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)

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

On CAPS, 91% of the 141 members who have rated Ingram believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include awallejr and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community

Two months ago, awallejr listed several good reasons to buy into Ingram: "Solid balance sheet, a billion in cash, accretive acquisitions, and pushing growth in emerging markets."

In a pitch from two days ago, mrindependent expands on the stock as a balance-sheet bargain:

Current p/sales ratio is 0.10, which is below its 5 year average p/sales ratio of 0.12 and very low compared to most other stocks. Current p/bv is 0.99. The p/bv ratio is significant here because the company's assets consist of cash and working capital. There is no goodwill or intangibles- and PP&E is insignificant. This means that book value is not far from liquidation value. At 0.99 times book value, the downside is limited.

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