Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Turkish telecom provider Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri (NYSE:TKC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking. Our data has shown that five-star stocks outperform the market by a significant margin; conversely, one-star stocks woefully lag the market average.

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

Turkcell facts

Headquarters (founded)

Istanbul, Turkey (1993)

Market Cap

$11.75 billion


Wireless Telecommunication Services

TTM Revenue

$7.19 billion


CEO Sureyya Ciliv (since 2007)
CFO Serkan Okandan (since 2005)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



Vodafone Group (NYSE:VOD),
Avea Iletisim Hizmetleri

CAPS members bullish on TKC also bullish on:

General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS members bearish on TKC also bearish on:

China Mobile (NYSE:CHL),
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH)

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

Over on CAPS, 164 of the 170 All-Star members who have rated Turkcell -- or 97% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include devoish and TheHuney, both of whom are ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Two weeks ago, devoish noted that Turkcell "continues to pile up cash and pay down debt. You have to be making money to do that. Having cash is an incredible advantage if you think interest rates on loans are going to go up."

In a more extensive pitch from two weeks earlier, TheHuney elaborates on that bullish reasoning. Below is an excerpt, but you can read the entire pitch here:

Turkcell has great growth prospects and low leverage to take advantage in this type of environment. Mobile phones are not considered a *luxury item* any more in the developed world so while worldwide recession might put a temporary dent into their growth, I don't see it as a huge suppressor. [Turkcell] has great growth prospects not only in Turkey but in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. I also look at Turkey as a country that could emerge from the current economic crisis in a stronger-than-expected position, so I like this as a long-term play on the Turkish economy.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Turkcell is a Motley Fool Global Gains pick. UnitedHealth is selection of Stock Advisor and Inside Value, and the Fool owns shares of it. Apple is also a choice of Stock Advisor. Baidu is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.