Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, small-cap exploration and production company Contango Oil & Gas (NYSE:MCF) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Contango facts

Headquarters (founded)

Houston, Tex. (1986)

Market Cap

$701.2 million


Oil and Gas Exploration and Production

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$223.6 million


Founder/CEO Kenneth Peak

President/COO Marc Duncan

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (over last five years)

89.2% and 50.2%


$41.5 million / $3.5 million

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

Over on CAPS, fully 365 of the 379 members who have rated Contango -- some 96% -- believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include martialman7 and All-Star rajeevg, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community

Just last month, martialman7 fittingly predicted an upward sloping curve for Contango: "As the price of Oil/Gas continues to rise, so will [Contango]. Low industry P/E. ... Now, we will see a somewhat steady rise since their production has stabilized, with no debt."

In a pitch from April, rajeevg offers a more balanced bull stance:

A rare debt-free oil and gas producer. Management is friendly to shareholders. Focus is on being a low-cost producer of oil and gas. My investment assumes that oil and gas prices will recover substantially in the next few years, and Contango has enough cash to survive until then.

Potential issues: being a small producer, Contango can be significantly affected by the success or failure of a few wells. My thesis about oil and gas prices recovering may be wrong.

Upside: Given that Contango has extra cash, it might be able to make acquisitions at attractive prices. Management can increase intrinsic value per share significantly by buying back shares.

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