Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese chemical maker ShengdaTech (NASDAQ:SDTH) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

ShengdaTech facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Tai'an City, China (2005)

Market Cap

$372 million

Industry

Diversified chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$128 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Xiangzhi Chen
CFO Andrew Chen

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

33.2%

Cash/Debt

$111 million/$76 million

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CAPS Members Bearish on SDTH Also Bearish on

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 1,345 members who have rated ShengdaTech believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Viking70 and "All-Star" pick complier AllStarPortfolio, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Late last month, Viking70 boiled the ShengdaTech bull case down to a few simple words: "Should recover along with the world economy. Good fundamentals -- value play."

In a pitch from one week earlier, AllStarPortfolio (using a pick and pitch from caidencollett07) applauded management's recent move to cut the fat. Here's an excerpt:

They no longer manufacture coal-based chemicals, including ammonium bicarbonate, liquid ammonia, methanol and melamine due to rezoning issues. The nano precipitated calcium carbonate [NPCC] is now their only business; they have ridden themselves of the lower margin coal-based business. This is what has the stock running under the radar. ...

Nano precipitated calcium carbonate is an additive that makes products such as paper, asphalt, and tires stronger and more cost efficient. The company's R&D efforts are also opening more doors for the company. China's growth of the middle class ensures that there will be more roads and tires, which should greatly benefit ShengdaTech. I also believe they should return to earnings growth in the future.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Air Products is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick, and Sohu is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.