Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Canadian industrial equipment auctioneer Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE: RBA) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Ritchie Bros. facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Burnaby, Canada (1963)

Market Cap

$2.3 billion


Commercial services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$377 million


CEO Peter Blake (since 2004)
CFO Robert McLeod (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Cash / Debt

$123 million / $136 million

Dividend Yield



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On CAPS, 95% of the 169 members who have rated Ritchie Bros. believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star JMJeffrey, who is ranked in the top 16% of our community, and Calgarydiyr.

Just two months ago, JMJeffrey informed our community that Ritchie Bros. "help equipment get sold and redistributed to needed industries." Our CAPS All-Star continues: "They are a middle man in a huge arena which I think will appreciate globally through the internet and other media capabilities. If you believe in this industry then backing Ritchie at the right price (like now) is the right move."

In a pitch from three days later, Calgarydiyr expands on why Fools should bid up for the stock:

The best run and largest auction company of its kind. ... Having both purchased and sold equipment with them in the last 30 years I have seen many changes but one thing remains constant. They treat all customers as if the customer is their most valued. Combine that with the best real time internet bidding in the business, management that knows their stuff and dedicated employee's and you have a company that is going to make money in good and bad times.

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