Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, wastewater disposal specialist Heckmann (NYSE: HEK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Heckmann facts

Headquarters Palm Desert, Calif.
Market Cap $663.4 million
Industry Diversified investments
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $60.8 million
Management

Chairman/CEO Richard Heckmann (since 2007)

CFO Brian Anderson (since 2008)

Return on Capital (average, past 2 years) (4.7%)
Cash/Debt $139.6 million / $45 million
Competitors

Basic Energy Services (NYSE: BAS)

Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB)

Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 254 members who have rated Heckmann believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MOTV8 and Tagit.

A couple of months ago, MOTV8 described Chairman and CEO Richard Heckmann in glowing terms: "Dude is a genius, all he does is build successful companies. Oil service play, AND a China play? Two for one."

Over the next five years, in fact, Heckmann is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 27.5% annually. That's much faster than listed rivals such as Basic Energy (9%), Schlumberger (18.7%), and Veolia (13.1%).

CAPS member Tagit elaborates on the bull case:

Richard Heckmann is an extremely intelligent person and knows that treating the water used in the fracturing process that's environmentally "safe" is extremely important and profitable. While drilling for oil and gas is big business in these shale areas, having water that is treatable and can be reused is just as important. If not -- drilling comes to a stop.

It appears this company has the trump card in the energy sector when it comes to water treatment. The stock is relatively a safe bet and is one to hold for the next 5 years at least if not longer. ...

Bottom line. Natural gas and oil companies "small or large" need a water company and this one is about as good as they come. I'd suggest some serious due diligence and consideration for this stock.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Heckmann, Schlumberger, and Veolia. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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