Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, vehicle chassis and bodies specialist Spartan Motors (Nasdaq: SPAR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Spartan facts

Headquarters (Founded) Charlotte, Mich. (1975)
Market Cap $187.4 million
Industry Auto parts and equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $470.8 million
Management CEO John Sztykiel (since 2002)
CFO Joseph Nowicki (since 2009)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 14.4%
Cash/Debt $16.74 million / $15.25 million
Dividend Yield 1.7%
Competitors Oshkosh (NYSE: OSK)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 631 members who have rated Spartan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include edfox44 and All-Star Hotpicks101, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Earlier this year, edfox44 tapped Spartan as a good bet to bounce back: "In the current business climate, delivery truck and fire equipment purchases are being postponed. When business turns on, demand for Spartan's products will accelerate. The timing of recent entry into the delivery truck market will pay off."

Spartan's small size and cheapish valuation continue to support its five-star CAPS status. Currently, Spartan's price-to-cash flow (5.1) is in line with recent "Rising Star" recommendation Oshkosh (5.2) and Navistar International (NYSE: NAV) (4.3), and at a clear discount to big-cap truck play PACCAR (Nasdaq: PCAR) (12.3).

CAPS All-Star Hotpicks101 elaborates:

It's a small cap. It's cyclical. It's trading at low valuations to it's forward p/e. I just read their Q3 transcript and it seems overall pretty upbeat. Overall if the economy continues to improve and as consumer confidence gains (very important for RV sales apparently) this stock should do very well. I can easily see this stock around $8 in less then a year and a potential downside to near it's 52 week lows if market turns.

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