Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, scrap metal recycler Metalico (NYSE:MEA) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Metalico facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Cranford, N.J. (1997)

Market Cap

$277.5 million


Environmental and facilities services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$271.7 million


Founder/CEO Carlos Aguero
CFO Eric Finlayson

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)



$12.2 million / $116.5 million

CAPS Members Bullish on MEA Also Bullish on

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CAPS Members Bearish on MEA Also Bearish on

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,228 members who have rated Metalico believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include pagefm83 and All-Star ablengata.

Late last week, pagefm83 summed up the scrappy situation for Fools:

[W]ell managed, good looking balance sheet, metals will always be needed, a good auto industry play, PLUS a good green play (they recycle metals). I think this stock has nowhere to go but up, might take a bit for people to realize it and then the stock will go up.

In a pitch from two months ago, ablengata also tapped Metalico as a green way to make green:

Going green is going commercial. It used to be for the tree huggers, but now it's for everyone! Businesses are using "green" as advertising now to lure in customers. The fad will only grow, and will one day solidify itself as part of normal life and society. With big inflation around the corner driving base metal prices up, recycling will only become more popular and more profitable. [Metalico] is ready to ride the wave.

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