Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, energy recovery device specialist Energy Recovery (NASDAQ:ERII) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Energy Recovery facts

Headquarters (Founded)

San Leandro, Calif. (1992)

Market Cap

$297 million


Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$52.8 million


CEO Gonzalo Pique (since 2002)
CFO Thomas Willardson (since 2007)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


Cash / Debt

$79.6 million / $410,000

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 114 All-Star members who have rated Energy Recovery believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mattro88 and PeninsulaKid, both of whom are ranked in the top 20% of our community.

Just last week, mattro88 tapped the stock as a great way to cut back on salt:

Too many people, not enough water. Desalinization will become a popular alternative in a world with a growing population and increasing socioeconomic expectations. Energy Recovery has a good product and sound fundamentals.

In a pitch from late last year, PeninsulaKid dives even deeper:

A great "water" play with 70% market share in providing energy saving equipment in an energy intensive business (water desalinization). ... What's not to like? Water is and will be an ever increasing global problem -- desalinization is a logical solution despite its high energy consumption. This business provides a win/win solution to reduce the cost via a product that's better than the competition. Should be a steady performer going forward. Company has great growth prospects and is profitable with good visibilit[y].

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Best Buy is a pick of Motley Fool Stock Advisor and Inside Value, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.