Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-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 $2.2 billion
Industry Precious metals and minerals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $504.5 million
Management CEO Phillips Baker Jr. (since 2003)
CFO James Sabala (since 2008)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 5.1%
Cash/Debt $377.4 million / $7.5 million
Competitors Coeur d'Alene (NYSE: CDE)
Pan American Silver

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 1,254 members who have rated Hecla believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star EnigmaDude, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and idvst8.

Just last week , EnigmaDude wrote that Hecla is just too attractive to pass up: "Not big on miners right now but Hecla looks pretty cheap and silver does not look like it will be crashing any time soon."

In fact, Hecla currently sports a cheapish EV/EBIDTA multiple of 7. That represents a discount to other silver stocks like Coeur d'Alene at 10, Silver Standard Resources (Nasdaq: SSRI) at 33, and Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) at 28.

CAPS member idvst8 elaborates on the bull case:

With its EPA lawsuit settlement in the rearview mirror, HL is set to climb back into the teens as volume and liquidity return to the market. The days of $15 silver are long gone in my opinion, and Hecla is in a great position to capitalize on its vast Silver reserves, and ultra low production costs moving forward.

The mining Sector is oversold, and Hecla is a great long term buy at the $8.00 level in my opinion.

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