Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, containership operator Danaos (NYSE:DAC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Danaos facts


Piraeus, Greece

Market Cap

$235.7 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$309.5 million


President / CEO Dr. John Coustas

CFO Dimitri Andritsoyiannis

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$156.7 million / $2.55 billion

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 482 members who have rated Danaos believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star fdude71, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community, and GrantQ.

Just last month, fdude71 tapped Danaos as a solid way to earn some future income: "The main concern is the debt level, but other CAPS members mention long term contracts on the existing ships … I'd rather keep it for the long run and see it shine when the economy picks up again and they return to paying a dividend."

In a pitch from two weeks later, GrantQ superbly details the Danaos bull case. Here's an excerpt:

- Either demand for shipping will increase, or competitors will go out of business. Either way, rates must go up. … This is the end of the trough for shipping rates. …
- [E]ven though waiting to make the loan commitments makes the future look uncertain, it also means they can probably negotiate better rates as the credit markets loosen up in the coming months/years. …
- Once the money to complete the build program is secured, the dividend can be re-instated. The dividend investors will come back to the stock.
This will take approx. 2 more years, but expect significant gains in the stock price as each of these 3 events occurs.

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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.