Based on the aggregated intelligence of 125,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, salt and fertilizer producer Compass Minerals International (NYSE:CMP) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Compass Minerals facts 

Headquarters (founded)

Overland Park, Kan. (1993)

Market Cap

$1.92 billion


 Diversified Metals and Mining

TTM Revenue

$1.17 billion


President/CEO Angelo Brisimitzakis (since 2006)

CFO Rodney Underdown (since 2002)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)


Dividend Yield



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CAPS members bullish on CMP also bullish on:

PotashCorp (NYSE:POT)


CAPS members bearish on CMP also bearish on:

Citigroup (NYSE:C)

Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, fully 505 of the 524 members who have rated Compass Minerals -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include NollierCapMgmt and jawilde.

Last month, NollierCapMgmt noted that Compass "is the low cost provider in its sector. Its major [line of business] is de-icing salt. It is also a producer of [sulfate of potash]. This company has proven to be a hidden gem in the market. ... My fair value est. is $70."

In a more recent pitch from last week, jawilde expands on that line of thinking:

Great mid-cap company with a decent dividend. Deals in basic commodities; deicer salt and [sulfate of potash]. Wide business moat with limited competition. Has been able to raise prices as needed. Stock price up 40% over the past year versus the S&P's ~ 35% drop. Do not see any reason why this "hidden gem" will not continue growing for quite some time.

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