Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, wastewater disposal specialist Heckmann (NASDAQOTH:NESC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Heckmann facts

Headquarters (founded)

Coraopolis, Pa. (2007)

Market Cap

$1.0 billion


Oil and gas equipment and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$352.0 million


CEO Mark Johnsurd (since 2012)

CFO Jay Parkinson (since 2012)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$16.2 million / $566.1 million


Basic Energy Services

Key Energy Services


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

On CAPS, 97% of the 552 members who have rated Heckmann believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, Googlespooch, succinctly summed up the Heckmann bull case for our community:

With fracking on the rise, it should seem that the US government will not block its continuation. I say this because it would be one of the most disastrous policy decisions in a long time if the government really did block fracking. Despite this, however, it is important to consider that fracking is still ecologically damaging. It produces filthy water, damaged soil layers, etc. It should seem, then, that the EPA may begin to require more of the fracking companies in terms of environmental regulation. Enter [Heckmann]! [Heckmann] already recycles fracking water in addition to a few other services that the company provides. Were the EPA to bring in increased environmental regulation, it should not seem farfetched to consider Hekkman as a big winner considering water treatment would be one of the top regulation targets. With established infrastructure and know-how, Hekkman would be poised to handle EPA regulations very well.

If you want market-thumping returns, you need to put together the best portfolio you can. Of course, despite a strong four-star rating, Heckmann may not be your top choice.

Motley Fool contributor Brian Pacampara has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Heckmann and has the following options: Long Jan 2014 $4 Calls on Heckmann and Short Jan 2014 $3 Puts on Heckmann. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.