Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, solid-state-drive specialist SMART Modular Technologies (Nasdaq: SMOD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

SMART facts

Headquarters (founded)

Newark, Calif. (1988)

Market Cap

$365.4 million


Electronic manufacturing services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$703.09 million


CEO Iain MacKenzie (since 2005)
CFO Barry Zwarenstein (since 2008)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$115.5 million / $55.1 million


STEC (Nasdaq: STEC)
SanDisk (Nasdaq: SNDK)
Intel (Nasdaq: INTC)

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 379 members who have rated SMART believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include HCCM229 and ihrleben.

Just last month, HCCM229 offered three simple reasons to look into SMART: "Continued recovery, Brazil, and new products."

Slumping memory prices have weighed on SMART's shares over the past few months, but many Fools in our community believe it's just too cheap to pass up. Currently, SMART even trades at a forward P/E (6.5) discount to SSD product giants Intel (10.7), SanDisk (13.3), and Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU) (7.8), as well as rivals in the SSD enterprise space like STEC (15.0), Western Digital (NYSE: WDC) (9.4) and Seagate (Nasdaq: STX) (7.4).

CAPS member ihrleben elaborates on the bull case:

I have been in the technology business for a long time. Having an in depth knowledge of platters vs SSD, platters are out and SSD's are in. If [SMART] stays ahead in this field their prospects look good over the intermediate and long-term. SSD's are more durable, last longer, and process faster than the standard hard drives found in many of the computers we currently buy. ... SSD's are the future of computing.

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