Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, business-development company Apollo Investment (Nasdaq: AINV) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Apollo facts

Headquarters (founded) New York (2004)
Market Cap $1.6 billion
Industry Diversified investments
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $357.6 million
Management CEO James Charles Zelter
CFO Gregory Hunt
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 7.2%
Cash/Debt $2.7 million / $1.0 billion
Dividend Yield 10.4%
Competitors American Capital
Ares Capital
Fortress Investment Group LLC

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 1,170 members who have rated Apollo believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Last week, one of those Fools, All-Star coryjobe, succinctly summed up the bull case for our community:

The newly focused business model should pan out well. Shifting to a [business development company] has helped encompass a more diverse offering of private market debt solutions, rather than liquid investments. Recently teamed up with Madison Capital, a middle-market loan originator totaling $250 million. This will increase their [exposure] to senior secured debt opportunities.

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