Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, wastewater disposal specialist Heckmann (NYSE: HEK) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Heckmann facts

Headquarters Palm Desert, Calif.
Market Cap $520.5 million
Industry Diversified investments
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $40 million

Chairman/CEO Richard Heckmann (since 2007)

CFO Brian Anderson (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 2 Years) (5%)
Cash/Debt $214.9 million / $939 thousand

General Electric (NYSE: GE)

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Siemens (NYSE: SI)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 160 members who have rated Heckmann believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Retracement and Harptree.

Just two weeks ago, Retracement listed several of Heckmann's positives: "Experienced management team, clearly defined and executed strategy for continued growth, solid balance sheet and decent financial ratios/valuation."

Thanks to a shareholder-friendly management team and rock-solid financial position, Heckmann has become an increasingly popular CAPS play on the global need for drinkable water. In fact, Heckmann even sports a lower financial leverage ratio (1.1) than global gorilla foes GE (6.6), Schlumberger (1.6), and Siemens (3.6), as well as other water plays like Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE) (6.5) and Mueller Water (NYSE: MWA) (3.8).

CAPS member Harptree elaborates on the bull case:

With the explosion of nat. gas finds here in the US Heckmann … is arguably the best complimentary play in water resources around. With fracing comes huge supplies of near toxic water. To clean this water a miriad of companies have been started though relatively few have the ability to transport the water and clean it to the extent that Heckmann does. They also have a water bottling buisness in China that will eventually been spun off. I think this play could take a couple years to develop, but it has momentum and a CEO who knows what he's doing.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Mueller Water is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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