Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, silver miner Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Hecla facts

Headquarters (Founded) Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (1891)
Market Cap $2.66 billion
Industry Precious metals and minerals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $418.81 million

CEO Phillips Baker Jr. (since 2003)

CFO James Sabala (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 2.6%
Cash/Debt $285.1 million / $6.3 million

Coeur d'Alene (NYSE: CDE)

Pan American Silver (Nasdaq: PAAS)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,187 members who have rated Hecla believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include AlNameless and AverageRob.

Earlier this year, AlNameless listed several of Hecla's positives:

Demand for silver exceeds supply. Hecla's silver production will increase significantly over the next 2 years. It has been able to lower production costs. It has a healthy balance sheet. All in all, it is worth a try.

Currently, Hecla even trades at a cheapish price-to-cash flow of 13.0. That represents a discount to other silver stocks like Coeur d'Alene (19.0), Pan American (17.5), and Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) (49.8).

CAPS member AverageRob elaborates on the opportunity:

Mining company that mines ores such as silver, gold, zinc. Has a negative price per ounce mined of silver and with prices of silver having the potential to reach near 60 dollars this year I think [Hecla] is a great choice for precious meatl mining company. ... Plenty of room to grow in the next couple years in my opinion.

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