Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, telecom giant Vimpel-Com (NYSE: VIP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

VimpelCom facts

Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
Market Cap $18.4 billion
Industry Wireless telecom services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $10 billion
Management

CEO Alexander Izosimov

CFO Henk van Dalen

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 17.1%
Cash/Debt $2.5 billion / $6.5 billion
Competitors

Mobile Teleystems (NYSE: MBT)

France Telecom (NYSE: FTE)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,304 members who have rated VimpelCom believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star jamespeer, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and Ineedmoney101.

Early last year, jamespeer tapped VimpelCom as a global growth opportunity: "With operations in fast growing emerging markets such as Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia as well as Vietnam and Cambodia, there is significant growth potential here over the longer term."

Over the next five years, VimpelCom is even expected to grow its bottom line at a 32.9% annual clip. That's a substantially faster pace than rivals Mobile Telesystems (13.5%) and France Telecom (8.5%), as well as U.S. counterparts like AT&T (NYSE: T) (5.7%), Sprint (NYSE: S) (0.9%), and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) (6.2%).

CAPS member Ineedmoney101 elaborated on the bull case in October:

Oh my. The worlds fifth largest telecommunications provider, getting hit like it deserves to be at rock bottom. Does someone not realize the significance, maybe downright reliance on cell phones these days? or should i even call it cell phones, maybe i should say palm sized computers. This stock will be more important that the worlds largest oil provider one day i'm sure. ... And well, once the high tech gets to other countries as much as it is here, where my life can be run by the iphone for the most part ... this will be a high rising stock, very profitable.

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