Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, optical networking company Infinera (NASDAQ:INFN) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Infinera facts

Headquarters (founded)

Sunnyvale, Calif. (2000)

Market Cap

$785.1 million


Communications Equipment

TTM Revenue

$447.5 million


Co-Founder/CEO Jagdeep Singh

Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer Drew Perkins

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (over last two years)



Cisco Systems (NASDAQ:CSCO)


Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE:ALU)

CAPS members bullish on INFN also bullish on

Cemex (NYSE:CX)

CAPS members bearish on INFN also bearish on

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Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 1,019 of the 1,040 members who have rated Infinera -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Northville and All-Star Babachrono, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

In late February, Northville wrote that Infinera "is on the cutting edge of the most recent optical network communications and has a large technology lead over its competitors, as evidenced by it winning more and more network contracts." Our CAPS member concludes: "Couple this with a strong balance sheet, which includes a lot of cash and no debt and what we have here is a small-cap that is going to be volatile, but headed way up."

In a pitch from late last month, Babachrono urged our community to take advantage of Infinera's lumpy and, most importantly, misunderstood model:

Taking top accounts from their competitors at a good pace shows they are a company to be reckoned with in the industry. ...

A key point of their company is to realize that they take a profit hit when they add a new customer, the large amount of common equipment to go into a new customer is at a very low margin, plus discounts lower it even further. However, as the company expands, all they have to do is plug in modules, and these modules are at a very high margin. ... Short-term this company will take a hit, buy in here, if it falls back up the truck, over the long term this company has a genius business model and is only going up.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Infinera is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. Cemex is a Stock Advisor and Global Gains recommendation. The Fool owns shares of both Infinera and Cemex. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.