Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, satellite phone company Iridium Communications (Nasdaq: IRDM) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Iridium facts

Headquarters Bethesda, Md.
Market Cap $573.3 million
Industry Alternative carriers / communication equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $348.17 million

CEO Matthew Desch (since 2006)

CFO Thomas Fitzpatrick (since 2010)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity 3.5%
Cash/Debt $119.9 million / $157.4 million

Globalstar (Nasdaq: GSAT)


RRSat Global Communications (Nasdaq: RRST)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 164 members who have rated Iridium believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars TMFDeej and Jeffreyw, both of whom are ranked in the top 3% of our community.

Earlier this week, TMFDeej tapped Iridium as a particularly timely opportunity: "Taking advantage of the sell-off cause by the recent earnings report and the liquidation of the ... position by Syndicated Communications." 

In fact, Iridium now sports a paltry forward P/E of 10.5. That represents a discount to competitors ORBCOMM (56.5) and RRSat (11.1). Its other main rival, Globalstar, meanwhile, is expected to remain unprofitable.

Last year, CAPS All-Star Jeffreyw expanded on the outperform argument:

Technology continues to improve exponentially. As more customers see the value of satcom, price per minute costs can be reduced, attracting more users. Should see slow but steady growth. Possible downside: We are entering a period of higher solar flare activity which can interrupt satcoms and even damage satellites.

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