Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, audio chip specialist Cirrus Logic (Nasdaq: CRUS) earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Cirrus facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Austin, Texas (1984)

Market Cap

$1.08 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$310.3 million


CEO Dr. Jason Rhode (since 2007)

CFO Thurman Case (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$173.6 million / $0


Texas Instruments (NYSE: TXN)

Linear Technology (Nasdaq: LLTC)

STMicroelectronics (NYSE: STM)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 435 members who have rated Cirrus believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Grumpee and All-Star Hotpicks101, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Earlier this month, Grumpee tapped Cirrus as tasty way to bite into Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL): "This company makes chips for iPhones & iPads. Next year they will make more chips than ever before and they will be worth more than ever before because they'll do more than ever before."

Cirrus' superior high-end audio chips, rock-solid balance sheet, and tight relationship with Apple make it an increasingly popular play on the booming smartphone space. Over the next five years, Cirrus is even expected to grow its bottom line at a much faster pace (20% per annum) than rivals Texas Instruments (10%), Linear Tech (9%), and STMicro (12%), as well as other mobile chip plays like RF Micro Devices (Nasdaq: RFMD) (15%) and Skyworks Solutions (Nasdaq: SWKS) (15%).

CAPS All-Star Hotpicks101 sums it up:

Think it should continue to do well despite its run up. ... I don't like how reliant the company is on [Apple], but as long as their partnership is there then there will be no need to worry. Much better than trying to profit off of [Apple] as this has much more upside potential in it.

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