Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, soft drink and snacks giant PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP) has earned an enviable five-star ranking.

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

PepsiCo facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Purchase, N.Y. (1898)

Market Cap

$102.5 billion


Soft drinks

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$44.3 billion


CEO Indra Nooyi
CFO Hugh Johnston

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)


1-Year Performance


Cash / Debt

$4.1 billion / $21.9 billion


Coca-Cola (NYSE: KO)
Hansen Natural (Nasdaq: HANS)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 3,978 members who have rated PepsiCo believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star HLChin and AjarnMichael.

Just last month, HLChin pointed toward the company's increased focus on the "good for you" category as reason for bullishness:

I am betting on Indra Nooyi - the lady who is grounded in her cultural roots but seeks to contribute to the world healthier and good food.

Yes, healthy and good food from Pepsi.

This is a Jim Collins inspired bet that corporations which seek to contribute to the world and profit at the same time will inherently outperform those who simply are out to make money only.

Both PepsiCo and Coca-Cola are trying to refashion some of their brands in ways that play on a trend toward health- consciousness. For example, both have been working to get the much-maligned high fructose corn syrup out of some sports-drink lines. Of course, both see the benefits of international expansion, as does Hansen Natural, which is quickly expanding abroad with a new distribution deal.

In a pitch from late March, AjarnMichael explained why that geographical diversity was good for PepsiCo:

Pepsi's push to gain market share in emerging markets is paying off. In interviews with several Thai citizens I am told that 10 years ago Coca-cola products were the undisputed king. However, now Thai citizens are equally likely to prefer Pepsi products thanks to a huge on-going add campaign. If this pattern is similar in other developing countries, I see a bright future ahead for Pepsi.

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Jim Royal, PhD., owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Coca-Cola is a Motley Fool Inside Value selection. Hansen Natural is a Rule Breakers pick. Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are Income Investor recommendations. Motley Fool Options has recommended a diagonal call position on PepsiCo. The Fool owns shares of Coca-Cola. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.