Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Brazilian sugar and ethanol producer Cosan (NYSE: CZZ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Cosan facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Sao Paulo, Brazil (2007)

Market Cap

$3.8 billion


Packaged foods and meats

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$7.5 billion


CEO Marcos Lutz (since 2009)
CFO Marcelo Martins (since 2009)

Trailing-12-Month Operating and Profit Margin

4.3% and 8.3%

Cash / Debt

$498.4 million / $3.2 billion


Archer-Daniels-Midland (NYSE: ADM)
Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE: RDS-A)

Key Customers

Bunge (NYSE: BG)
Petrobras (NYSE: PBR)

Other Highly Rated Packaged Food Stocks

Kraft Foods (NYSE: KFT)
General Mills (NYSE: GIS)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 321 members who have rated Cosan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include RLS2BE and All-Star mrindependent, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Last year, RLS2BE tapped Cosan as a particularly sweet alternative: "In a pinch, sugar ethanol totally outperforms corn ethanol without crunching food supplies. If/when the Middle East gets messier, sugar ethanol demands will make this stock more valuable than gold!"

In a pitch from Wednesday, mrindependent helped keep the positive momentum going:

I believe value momentum investing will be the most successful strategy for awhile. As a producer of sugar and ethanol in Brazil, this company should benefit if, as I expect, energy and agricultural products experience a long term upwards price trend. ... The company enjoys a sizable cash cushion, which should keep it safe despite the fact that its' balance sheet shows significant debt. Despite its 275% [1-year price run-up], this stock still looks like a bargain.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Petrobras is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.