Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, global logistics company, Expeditors International of Washington (Nasdaq: EXPD) has earned a respectable four-star ranking.

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

Expeditors facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Seattle, Wash. (1979)

Market Cap

$8.2 billion


Air Freight & Logistics

Trailing 12-Month Revenue

$4.4 billion


CEO Peter Rose (since 1988)

CFO Bradley Powell (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Avg, Past 5 Years)


Compound Annual Free Cash Flow Growth (5 Years)


1-Year Stock Performance


Cash / Debt

$1 billion / $0


Pacer International (Nasdaq: PACR)
Echo Global Logistics (Nasdaq: ECHO)

Source: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's.

On CAPS, just over 95% of the 450 members who have rated Expeditors believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include kannankeril and All-Star IsleGirl2010.

In early 2009, kannankeril penned the following:

Steady company with a investor-friendly culture and abundant cash-flow. Strong marketshare and lowest costs vis-a-vis peer group. Well-placed to ride out the recession in a recession-proof industry.

The recession of 2008 and 2009 was pretty rough on the industry. However, while net income for Expeditors did drop, it remained strongly positive, with significant free cash flow through those couple of years. Pacer, on the other hand, recorded severe losses in both years, and Echo experienced three years of negative free cash flow.

At the end of 2009, IsleGirl2010 pointed out the solidity of the business:

Good business model and lots of cash. This one may not be baggers but good solid business to have in my portfolio.

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Fool editor Jim Mueller owns shares of Expeditors, but of no other company mentioned. The Fool has a disclosure policy.