Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, jet engine replacement parts manufacturer HEICO (NYSE: HEI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

HEICO facts

Headquarters (founded) Hollywood, Fla. (1949)
Market Cap $1.8 billion
Industry Aerospace and defense
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $863.9 million
Management Chairman/CEO Laurans Mendelson
CFO Carlos Macau
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 13.5%
Cash/Debt $14.0 million / $152.9 million
Dividend Yield 0.3%
Competitors GE Aviation
Pratt & Whitney
Rolls Royce Associates

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 175 members who have rated HEICO believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

Earlier this week, one of those bulls, Jkspotr6, likened HEICO to another highly rated replacement parts specialist:

[HEICO] reminds me of LKQ. Both deal in aftermarket parts for their specific industries, both have consistent, strong earnings over an extended period of time, and both companies are well managed. Like LKQ, I believe [HEICO] will outperform the market in the future.

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