Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese fertilizer small-cap Yongye International (NASDAQ:YONG) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Yongye facts


Beijing, China

Market Cap

$258.3 million


Fertilizers and agricultural chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$79.8 million


Chairman/CEO Zishen Wu

CFO Sam Yu

Return on Capital (Past Year)


Cash / Debt

$4.9 million / $0.5 million

Other Highly Rated Fertilizer Stocks

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CAPS Members Bullish on YONG Also Bullish on

China Green Agriculture (NYSE:CGA)

American Oriental Bioengineering (NYSE:AOB)

CAPS Members Bearish on YONG Also Bearish on


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

On CAPS, 96% of the 212 members who have rated Yongye believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star TMFBreakerJava, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and Baronvongipper.

Just last month, TMFBreakerJava tapped Yongye as a fertile place for portfolio growth:

This company has a successful fertilizer product which is sold to Chinese farmers. They are growing rapidly in a highly fragmented market with enormous potential upside. Rural China is only beginning to benefit from the economic boom there and this company's product is well positioned to grow along with it.

In a pitch from one day later, Baronvongipper elaborates:

It has a tremendous rate of growth, a nearly spotless balance sheet, and positive cash flows. Its recent move to the NASDAQ will be bullish for the stock. ... I think that this lack of transparency and the stock trading OTC in the past is what has held it down. I think there is potential for a huge pop in the near term and then continued growth into the longer term. Competition is certainly a concern moving forward, but because of the large need for methods to increase crop yields in China I think that the pie is large enough for several of the better companies like [Yongye] and [China Green] to grow in harmony.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. China Green and American Oriental Bioengineering are Motley Fool Global Gains picks. American Oriental Bioengineering is also a selection of Motley Fool Hidden Gems. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.