Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese biodiesel fuel producer Gushan Environmental Energy (NYSE:GU) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Gushan facts

Headquarters (founded)

Fuzhou City, China (2001)

Market Cap

$169.3 million


Specialty Chemicals

TTM Revenue

$210.1 million


Founder/CEO Jianqiu Yu (since 2001)

CFO Ngai Chi Chan (since 2007)

TTM Return on Capital



$122.6 million/$0

Dividend Yield



PetroChina (NYSE:PTR)

China Petroleum & Chemical (NYSE:SNP)

CAPS Members Bullish on GU Also Bullish on:

Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK)


General Electric (NYSE:GE)

CAPS Members Bearish on GU Also Bearish on:

Ford Motor (NYSE:F)

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

Over on CAPS, some 97% of the 806 members who have rated Gushan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include noblepaladin and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 4% of our community.

Late last month, noblepaladin tapped Gushan's current tax dispute as a compelling catalyst:

Large cash/share. Current quarter should be much better than last quarter since oil is up from its lows. There is a tax problem that is keeping the company down for now (whether biofuel should be taxed like normal fuel), but I believe it will be resolved in the favor of [Gushan]. Even if it is not in the favor of [Gushan], valuation alone should give [Gushan] limited downside as it is trading around liquidation value.

In a pitch from two weeks earlier, mrindependent shares that sentiment on the special situation:

The balance sheet is rock solid ... The company is waiting on a ruling as to whether the Chinese consumption tax applies to the product of one of its plants. If I were a Chinese official, I certainly would support alternative energy - considering commodities inflation is the leading threat to China's longterm growth prospects. Accordingly, I suspect that this company is in favor with the Chinese government. Last, but not least, I suspect this company's fortunes will wax and want with: (1) the Chinese market and (2) oil prices. I personally expect China to hold up better than the US stock market and I expect oil prices to remain fairly strong.

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