Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, third-party logistics provider Pacer International (NASDAQ:PACR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Pacer facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Concord, Calif. (1974)

Market Cap

$113.1 million


Air freight and logistics

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.7 billion


Chairman/CEO Daniel Avramovich (since 2009)
CFO Brian Kane (since 2008)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$3.2 million / $60.9 million


Expeditors International of Washington (NASDAQ:EXPD)
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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 93% of the 294 members who have rated Pacer believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include blue2fire and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Three weeks ago, blue2fire helped Fools keep pace with Pacer:

Key contracts are being renewed or are in the process of. While I do not see as big a role as there was for middlemen like Pacer, they certainly will not go away. Especially while providing railroads with smaller clients. The "doomsday valuation" makes it attractive despite debt problems.

In a pitch from last week, TSIF follows that bullish train of thought. Here's an excerpt:

Pacer International is another of a handful of sub-$5 beat up stocks that appears to me to have reasonable potential. ... The "rails" received a massive shot in the tracks when oil spiked two years ago and despite the retrace in oil from its highs, rail continues to be the least expensive method to move large materials. Buffett helped validate this by his recent purchase. Stacktrain, rail brokerage, and local cartage services between truck/auto/ and international shipping companies appears to have bottomed. The logistics division should also benefit by an uptick in the economy. ... Revenue has been on the climb the last two quarters and if that holds then profitability should return.

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