Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, 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)

Richmond, Canada (1963)

Market Cap

$2.15 billion


Diversified Support Services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$354.8 million


CEO Peter Blake (since 2004)

CFO Robert McLeod (since 2008)

Compound Annual Revenue Growth (over last five years)


Dividend Yield



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Over on CAPS, fully 132 of the 138 members who have rated Ritchie Bros. -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include coylum and afoolsgold, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community.

In late January, coylum seemed to be fully sold on the stock:

Simply the best auction company in the world. They are the only international player in the equipment space and the world is no longer a collection of domestic markets. Big trucks from Alberta are sold to China and India. Transport is not a factor anymore. These guys have so much growth potential.

In a pitch from last month, afoolsgold taps Ritchie Bros. as a timely opportunity, to boot:

Oil and gas equipment was built in mass quantities 2-3 years ago based on the theory that a sustainable price of oil would justify aggressive exploration and price sensitive production methods. Many projects will be suspended or halted. Cancelled orders and excess inventory will be a boon for heavy equipment auctioneers. Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers one of the largest if not largest, should benefit from an influx of consignments. The flip side would be a huge decline in equipment prices which could reduce commission earned on futures auctions- though I believe volume will increase total revenues. Thumbs up.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Ritchie Bros. is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick, Apple is a selection of Stock Advisor, and Johnson & Johnson is a choice of Income Investor. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.