Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, South African steel maker Highveld Steel and Vanadium (NASDAQ:HSVLY) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Highveld facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Mpumalanga, South Africa (1960)

Market Cap

$693.41 million



2007 Revenue

$785 million


CEO Walter Ballandino (since 2007)

CFO Deon Pretorius

Return on Capital (average, past three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS Members Bullish on HSVLY Also Bullish on:

Freeport-McMoRan (NYSE:FCX)

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CAPS Members Bearish on HSVLY Also Bearish on:

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

On CAPS, 88 of the 90 All-Star members who have rated Highveld -- or 98% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include aracer and marc64, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Last month, aracer tapped Highveld as a high yield opportunity: "Good undervalued commodities company with a good divi, at a good entry point."

In a pitch from two weeks ago, marc64 agrees and highlights Highveld's homeland as a developing source of growth:

There is a lot to like here: P/E is minuscule, debt is minuscule, growth is robust, finally, I am very bullish on South Africa which I see as an emerging regional economic juggernaut.

Why South Africa? The developing world (including African nations) needs to grow at 7%-year to traverse the demographic minefields, so, being basically optimistic I am betting they actually accomplish that.

Growth on that scale will require significant infrastructure investments, and the mature capitalists will provide the cash to fuel it, especially where alternative investment opportunities in mature markets are dubious or non-existent.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.