Based on the aggregated intelligence of 150,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, ophthalmic drug company ISTA Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ISTA) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

ISTA facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Irvine, Calif. (1992)

Market Cap

$120 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$104 million


CEO Dr. Vicente Anido, Jr. (since 2001)

CFO Lauren Silvernail (since 2003)

Return on Assets (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Average, Past 3 Years)



$55 million / $70 million


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

On CAPS, 92% of the 92 members who have rated ISTA believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star zzlangerhans, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community, and fireinyoureyes.

Late last month, zzlangerhans singled out ISTA as a sight for sore eyes: "Improving sales of ophthalmic medications appear to have reduced the burn and preserved cash, as long as there won't be any further 'warranty valuation losses'. A likely positive short-term catalyst is FDA acceptance of the sNDA for once-daily Xibrom."

In a pitch from two days ago, fireinyoureyes follows that line of reasoning:

It should go up after the next earnings report as Bepreve starts to grow, and Xibrom continues to lead the market. Another catalyst will be the Xibrom-once daily mid 2010 approval date which will cement Xibrom's market share. With Novartis finishing up scooping [Alcon], I'm sure big pharma will by eyeing (pardon the pun) Ista in the next couple of years, hopefully well after Ista grows in earnings and stock price. With a good pipeline and positive 2010 income on the way, the stock price is much undervalued. I'm very bullish at these levels.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Pfizer is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick, and Novartis is a Global Gains selection. Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor, and Motley Fool Options has recommended a buy calls position on it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score