Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, egg producer Cal-Maine Foods (Nasdaq: CALM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Cal-Maine facts

Headquarters (Founded) Jackson, Miss. (1969)
Market Cap $668.4 million
Industry Farm products
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $918.2 million

CEO Adolphus Baker (since 2010)

CFO Timothy Dawson (since 2005)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 19.4%
Cash/Debt $167.8 million / $112.6 million
Trailing Dividend Yield 3.8%

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 796 members who have rated Cal-Maine believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Staka, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and tekennedy.

Late last year, Staka listed several of Cal-Maine's positives:

- Solid company in a less cyclical business
- High insider ownership …
- Experienced, dominant producer with very good margins ...
- Extreme negative sentiment towards the company, e.g. seen in short interest

In fact, Cal-Maine sports a three-year average operating margin of 13.9%. That's higher than other "protein plays" like Tyson Foods (NYSE: TSN) (3.2%), Hormel Foods (NYSE: HRL) (8.4%), and Smithfield Foods (NYSE: SFD) (1.6%).

CAPS member tekennedy expands on the outperform argument:

Cyclical company which seems to run on a different cycle. Throughout the cyclicality the company has managed to expand their market of specialty eggs, which are less commoditized. Over time the company should be able to expand market share and grow earnings at a high rate of return. The current price reflects a good valuation and should outperform the S&P over a 5-10 year period.

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