Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, business software specialist SAP (NYSE: SAP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

SAP facts

Headquarters (Founded) Walldorf, Germany (1972)
Market Cap $66.2 billion
Industry Application software
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $17.7 billion
Management Co-CEO William McDermott
Co-CEO Jim Snabe
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 25.3%
Cash / Debt $5.7 billion / $5.0 billion
Dividend Yield 1.1%
Competitors IBM, Microsoft, Oracle

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 88% of the 371 members who have rated SAP believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Just last month, one of those Fools, JohnStuartMill, highlighted the tailwinds working in SAP's favor:

Continued expansion of on-demand sofware (Software as a service software). Building the cloud with very high quality products such as SuccessFactors should keep this company leading the way, and profiting handsomely. The "cloud" will continue to expand despite the recent weakness of cloud stocks. They will be back sometime soon with all the hype from the past and more.

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