Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, contract drug research company Pharmaceutical Product Development (NASDAQ:PPDI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

PPD facts

Headquarters (founded)

Wilmington, N.C. (1985)

Market Cap

$2.29 billion


Medical labs and research

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.54 billion


CEO Dr. Fredric Eshelman
CFO Daniel Darazsdi

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS.

Over on CAPS, fully 440 of the 446 members who have rated PPD -- some 98.7% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and SmoothHughes.

Earlier this month, TSIF tapped PPD as researcher worth researching:

Decent margins, no debt, good cash flow. Somewhat recession proof in that medical companies need a continuous stream of new products to offset those losing patent protection. A full range of services that are usually farmed out by the "big boys" who don't want to keep specialized staff.

In a pitch from two weeks later, SmoothHughes concurs:

Nice balance sheet with $4/share in cash and no debt. The company has strong founding management and is in a good sector. Pharmaceuticals should have a strong tail wind with the aging baby boomers and the rapid advances in biochemistry. National medicine might even help as big pharma looks to reduce costs through more outsourcing.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. PPD is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick. Johnson & Johnson is a selection of Income Investor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.