Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, mining equipment maker Bucyrus International (Nasdaq: BUCY) earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Bucyrus facts

Headquarters (Founded)

South Milwaukee, Wis. (1880)

Market Cap

$5.6 billion


Construction machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.8 billion


CEO Timothy Sullivan (since 2004)

CFO Craig Mackus (since 2004)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 3 Years)

43.1% and 52.2%


$279.5 million / $1.5 billion


Joy Global (Nasdaq: JOYG)

CNH Global (NYSE: CNH)

Terex (NYSE: TEX)

Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,135 members who have rated Bucyrus believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Beorn10, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and Jdragon80.

On Sept. 8, Beorn10 helped Fools sense the potential of Bucyrus' future: "Global industrial supplier to the miners. Not as good as [Joy Global] but as the miners expand their projects [Bucyrus'] revenues and profits should rise."

While Bucyrus' isn't as profitable as construction equipment giants Joy Global and Caterpillar, its fundamentals are still pretty darn solid. In each of the past five years, for example, Bucyrus has posted 15%-plus returns on invested capital, easily beating other players in the space like CNH and Terex. And with the stock trading at a forward P/E discount to each of the previously mentioned rivals, Bucyrus seems like a relatively cheap bet, as well.

CAPS member Jdragon80 sums up Bucyrus' latest buy:

The recent acquisition of the Terex mining division, specifically the trucks division will not only drastically increase revenue, but will also attract new customers who want a "single source" for their mining needs -- which Bucyrus has now become. ... If China growth resumes its upward trend, it will only further benefit this large mining play.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned.

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