Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese residential real estate developer Xinyuan Real Estate (NYSE: XIN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Xinyuan facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Beijing (1997)

Market Cap

$170 million


Real-estate development

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$450 million


Founder/Chairman/CEO Yong Zhang

CFO Thomas Gurnee

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$248.1 million / $295.9 million

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 670 members who have rated Xinyuan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include beststockpikker and valuehunter007.

Just last month, beststockpikker tapped Xinyuan as an overlooked bargain opportunity: "Extremely oversold. Balance sheet and fundamentals continue to improve, but hasn't been noticed yet. It will."

In fact, Xinyuan currently sports a particularly paltry price-to-book of 0.3. That represents a clear discount to U.S. counterparts like D.R. Horton (NYSE: DHI) (1.4), Lennar (NYSE: LEN) (1.3), and PulteGroup (NYSE: PHM) (1.4).

CAPS member valuehunter007 expands on the outperform argument:

Growth play. There is lot of cloud surrounding China Real Estate boom and government's plan to slow the growth. On the long run, this company is better placed for growth than many others in China Real Estate. ... Negatives seem to have been already reflected. Their target market is more of second tier but fast growing chinese towns.

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