Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, medical technology provider Kinetic Concepts (NYSE: KCI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Kinetic facts

Headquarters (Founded) San Antonio (1976)
Market Cap $3.90 billion
Industry Health-care equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.02 billion

CEO Catherine Burzik (since 2006)

CFO Martin Landon (since 2002)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 20.8%
Cash/Debt $316.6 million / $1.11 billion

Covidien (NYSE: COV)

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ)

Stryker (NYSE: SYK)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 717 members who have rated Kinetic believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Harry6609 and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 0.2% of our community.

Late last year, Harry6609 tapped Kinetic as a particularly healthy pick: "Strong Fundamentals, high Cash Flow Yield. Leadership Position in large, underpenetrated markets, opening new markets (Japan)."

Currently, Kinetic even trades at a forward P/E of 11.0. That represents a slight discount to much larger rivals Covidien (12.7), Johnson & Johnson (11.6), and Stryker (14.9).

Last October, CAPS All-Star TSIF elaborated on the bull case:

Their medical products have continued to provide them with decent margins and sales growth. ... Kinetic has been paying down the debt load steadily from cash flow. ... Overall, while growth has slowed from 2008, Kinetic remains operating with good margins and great cash flow in a market that may fluctuate with government intervention, but one that has a constant customer base, both locally and internationally.

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