Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Israeli defense contractor Elbit Systems (NASDAQ:ESLT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Elbit facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Haifa, Israel (1966)

Market Cap

$2.75 billion


Aerospace and Defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.68 billion


President/CEO Joseph Ackerman (since 1996)

CFO Joseph Gaspar (since 2001)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (over last five years)

24.1% and 36.2%

Dividend Yield



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

Over on CAPS, fully 231 of the 236 All-Star members who have rated Elbit -- some 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include hhasia and All-Star SarahGen, who is ranked in the top 0.2% of our community.

Last month, hhasia highlighted Elbit's home as a profitable place to play defense: "Haifa! No surprise that a defence player from this place would be producing solid earnings. This will be more important as security needs grow."

In an earlier pitch, SarahGen elaborates on the stock's Middle Eastern edge:

[Elbit] is a diversified military supplier based in Israel. They're supplying standard military needs, but also on the cutting edge with [unmanned aerial vehicles] -- they're one of [AeroVironment's] biggest competitors in the small UAV space. Because of the very tight laws in America about selling to "friendlies", [AeroVironment] can't sell to many countries - or would have to jump through many hoops to do so. [Elbit] is rapidly expanding all over the world with recent wins from South America to Asia.

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