Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, medical device maker Vascular Solutions (Nasdaq: VASC) earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Vascular facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Minneapolis, Minn. (1996)

Market Cap

$192.1 million


Health-care supplies

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$73.16 million


Co-Founder/CEO Howard Root
CFO James Hennen

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$18.23 million / $0


Abbott Labs (NYSE: ABT)
Medtronic (NYSE: MDT)
Boston Scientific (NYSE: BSX)
Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

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

On CAPS, 89% of the 84 members who have rated Vascular believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include strovek and AlphaCenturion.

Three months ago, strovek brought Vascular's solid fundamentals to our community's attention: "The company has no debt and the margin is consistent. Asset growth is consistent and cash flow is positive."

As a micro-cap medical device company focused on coronary and vascular procedures, Vascular Solutions is one of the more obscure ways to play the aging boomer demographic. While the space is dominated by large, deep-pocketed players like Medtronic, Abbott, and Boston Scientific, Vascular has managed to post double-digit revenue growth and returns on capital over the past three years. And with Johnson & Johnson recently gobbling up a similar stroke-preventing small fry, Micrus Endovascular, Vascular Solutions might even be a tasty takeover target for one of those medical-device giants.

CAPS member AlphaCenturion sums up the bull case:

The rapid growth in vascular medicine shouldn't be surprising given the declining health of your average American over the last several years. I don't imagine this growth will slow any time soon and unlike your less invasive vascular treatments, medical devices aren't subject to threats from generic competition. ... As per usual, I'll be tracking this on CAPS for now and if the opportunity presents itself I may consider starting a position. The potential here is enormous.

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