Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bankcard transaction processor Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Heartland facts

Headquarters (founded) Princeton, N.J. (2000)
Market Cap $1.1 billion
Industry Data processing and outsourced services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $2.0 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Robert Carr
CFO Maria Rueda
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 6.4%
Cash/Debt $52.1 million / $82.2 million
Dividend Yield 0.8%
Competitors Chase Paymentech Solutions
First Data
Global Payments

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 393 members who have rated Heartland believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Late last year, one of those Fools, DollarDaze100, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

Great systems infrastructure and aggressive, motivated sales force. Easy to grow business with no limits on volume. Strong technology skills should place them well to take advantage of continually evolving payment options driven by consumer technology gadgets.

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