Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, ultra-clean fuel and chemicals producer Rentech (NYSE: RTK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Rentech facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Los Angeles (1980)

Market Cap

$224.5 million


Agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$149.9 million


CEO D. Hunt Ramsbottom (since 2005)
CFO Dan Cohrs (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$84.6 million / $135.4 million


ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM)
Sasol (NYSE: SSL)

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

On CAPS, 89% of the 387 members who have rated Rentech believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mspracticality and khomeboy.

Earlier this month, mspracticality tapped the stock as a potent way to go green: "US Air Force has already approved Rentech's jet fuel and several airlines in Los Angeles and Houston have committed to using their bio-diesel when it becomes available. A potential takeover candidate but future looks bright as a stand alone."

Over the past three quarters, in fact, Rentech has posted solid average revenue growth of 37.2%. Naturally, that's much faster than larger listed rivals like BP (11.8%), Exxon (19.5), and Sasol (16.3%).

CAPS member khomeboy elaborates on the Rentech bull case:

Middle East turmoil make alt fuels attractive. Also, if larger oil companies see opportunity, they may make a run at small independents ... military is also looking at alt fuel should supplies be limited and of course there is the Green movement that could support some upward pricing. I am buying and holding.

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