Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and natural gas small-cap Isramco (NASDAQ:ISRL) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Isramco facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Houston, Texas (1982)

Market Cap

$411.8 million


Oil and gas exploration and production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$40.0 million


CEO Haim Tsuff (since 1996)
CFO Edy Francis (since 2007)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Year-to-Date Return


Highly Rated Oil and Gas Alternatives

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

On CAPS, 88% of the 177 members who have rated Isramco believe that the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include tenmiles and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Earlier this summer, tenmiles couldn't make sense of Isramco's soaring price, which is even higher today:

This one looks quite suspect. Appears to be trading in sympathy with Isramco LP in Israel which had a major natural gas find, but apparently [Isramco's] participation is small (8%). Seems overdone -- seller at $130.

In a pitch from last month, mrindependent elaborates on those bearish beliefs:

From period to period, the earnings of this company make no sense, but the long-term picture is clear. This company is not consistently profitable and it is not worth [20] times book value. The stock is incredibly volatile because the company trades on hopes and dreams. I will end this pick at some point when I have a score of 7 points or more -- and I will try not to sweat if the stock gyrates upwards for awhile.

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