Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, unmanned aircraft systems maker AeroVironment (Nasdaq: AVAV) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

AeroVironment facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Monrovia, Calif. (1971)

Market Cap

$511 million


Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$226.2 million


CEO Timothy Conver (since 1994)
CFO Stephen Wright (since 2002)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$120 million / $0


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

On CAPS, 95% of the 507 members who have rated AeroVironment believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars 00100 and rknapton, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Just last week, 00100 listed several of the stock's positives: "Lots of cash on-hand. No debt. Very valuable IP in technology sector poised for tremendous growth. Strong candidate for take-over by a number of competing aviation companies vying for advantage in the unmanned air-vehicle space."

In an earlier pitch from last November, rknapton expands on AeroVironment as a good bet to take off:

You know those Army and Air Force commercials where they are flying unmanned aircraft systems through a computer screen? Well, this is a company that is benefiting largely since they develop and produce these UAS's. ... I don't see why the value of these to the military would not continue for years and years since they save lives and provide a tactical edge. ... Analyst are predicting 23% growth per annum for the next five years, so indeed if that type of growth happens, the stock may be a value here.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. AeroVironment is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers pick. Ford Motor is a Stock Advisor selection. Sysco is a choice of both Inside Value and Income Investor, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.