Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, universal transaction system provider Net 1 UEPS Technologies (Nasdaq: UEPS) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Net 1's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Net 1 UEPS facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Johannesburg, South Africa (1989)

Market Cap

$838.1 million

Industry

Application software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$256.9 million

Management

CEO Dr. Serge Belamant (since 2000)
CFO Herman Kotze (since 2004)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

26.9%

Cash/Debt

$152.9 million / $4.2 million

Competitors

MasterCard (NYSE: MA)
Visa (NYSE: V)
American Express (NYSE: AXP)

Other Highly Rated Application Software Stocks

Adobe Systems (Nasdaq: ADBE)
Autodesk (Nasdaq: ADSK)
Intuit (Nasdaq: INTU)

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

On CAPS, all of the 222 All-Star members who have rated Net 1 believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include cibient and Jognils, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Just last month, cibient brought the bargain to our community's attention:

Extremely strong balance sheet (about $3 cash net debt per share), positive cash flow, EV/EBITDA ratio of 5.89. Pullback over past few months from 52-week high of $22.47 puts it at roughly similar return of S&P over the past year or so, but is surely a much better buy than the index.

In an earlier pitch, Jognils expands on the stock as a particularly smart transaction. Here's an excerpt:

[Net 1] is already the standard in South Africa for cashless transactions and has the potential to become the standard for all developing economies. ...

Net1 has great margins... and are diversified into fee-based services, financial services, hardware and software, and smart card accounts. With their acquisition of BGS Smartcard Systems, they now have established operations in Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, India, and Oman in addition to their existing operations throughout Africa and the Middle East. ...

[W]ith a potential market of 4 billion unbanked people in the world and no significant direct competitors, they have plenty of room left to grow.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Net 1 UEPS is a Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Global Gains choice. American Express is an Inside Value selection. Adobe is a selection of Stock Advisor. The Fool owns shares of and has Write Covered Calls on Autodesk. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.