Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Russian telecom provider Vimpel-Communications (NYSE:VIP) has earned a coveted four-star ranking. While five-star stocks have been the best performers, our data has shown that four-star stocks still outshine the market by a significant margin and shouldn't be taken lightly; conversely, one-star stocks woefully lag the market average.

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

VimpelCom facts

Headquarters (founded)

Moscow, Russia (1992)

Market Cap

$6.81 billion


Wireless communications

TTM Revenue

$9.57 billion


CEO Alexander Izosimov (since 2003)

CFO Elena Shmatova (since 2003)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Mobile Telesystems (NYSE:MBT),

Rostelecom (NYSE:ROS)

CAPS members bullish on VIP also bullish on:


Transocean (NYSE:RIG)

CAPS members bearish on VIP also bearish on:

China Mobile (NYSE:CHL),

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

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

Over on CAPS, 212 of the 219 All-Star members who have rated VimpelCom -- or 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mrindependent and brightsideLP, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Last week, mrindependent wrote that VimpelCom's "earnings should be relatively stable because its services are essential to its customers. Phone service is not a discretionary expenditure. Last but not least, the company's management team is first rate."

In a pitch from one week earlier, brightsideLP shares that bullish attitude and highlights VimpelCom's ideal competitive position:

Russian Telco Dual-opoly. [VimpelCom] acquired Golden Telecom and now has more to offer clients than [Mobile TeleSystems]. Golden owned the entire fiber backbone throughout the wealthy parts of former Russia. (Moscow - Stalingrad - the fiber in the ground is owned by [VimpelCom] now)

[VimpelCom] can offer the 4- package of home phone, cell phone, Internet, and Cable because of this acquisition. [Mobile TeleSystems] is still a cell phone operator.

[VimpelCom] will continue to steal market share and become the larger of the two dominant telco companies in Eastern Europe.

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