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

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

Cubic facts

Headquarters (founded) San Diego (1949)
Market Cap $1.3 billion
Industry Aerospace and defense
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.3 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Walter Zable (since 1951)
CFO William Boyle (since 1983)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 15.3%
Cash/Debt $308.0 million / $11.8 million
Dividend Yield 0.5%
Competitors Lockheed Martin
Northrop Grumman

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 328 members who have rated Cubic believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this month, one of those bulls, Gordogato, tapped the stock as a solid way to play defense:

Cubic is best known as a small defense contractor, so wouldn't they be hurt if the US Defense Dept. cuts its budget? No. First, Cubic's business is support services, logistics, and training, areas where DoD is less likely to be able to cut back (and Cubic's training simulations save money over live training). Second, Cubic also has a third of its business doing transportation systems (farecard equipment for public transit) in major cities around the world. Third, Cubic does business in over 50 different countries, hedging against declines in revenue from the US government.

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