Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, chemical maker Celanese (NYSE: CE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Celanese facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Dallas (2004)

Market Cap

$8.1 billion


Commodity chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.1 billion


Chairman/CEO David Weidman

CFO Steven Sterin

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$796 million / $3.3 billion

Dividend Yield



Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW)

DuPont (NYSE: DD)

Methanex (Nasdaq: MEOH)

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

On CAPS, 93% of the 369 members who have rated Celanese believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Derfenstein and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community.

Just last month, Derfenstein touched on several of Celanese's positives:

Slow and steady wins the race. Well run, and well managed equals solid products that bring home the bacon. Leader in technology for respective industries. Makes smart reinvestments.

Over the past three years, in fact, Celanese has grown its bottom line at a solid rate of 11% annually. That's much faster than competitors like Dow Chemical (-11%), DuPont (1%), and Methanex (-28%).

CAPS All-Star mrindependent elaborates on the bull case:

Celanese's boring niche in industrial chemicals is consistently profitable with high returns on invested capital. Accordingly, I believe the company can handle its very significant debt load. Although the company is very leveraged, it has taken the precaution of maintaining a large cash hoard.

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