Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, drybulk shipper Star Bulk Carriers (Nasdaq: SBLK) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Star Bulk facts


Athens, Greece

Market Cap

$178.4 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$124.1 million


CEO Prokopios Tsirigakis (since 2005)

CFO George Syllantavos (since 2005)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$12.4 million / $215.0 million

Dividend Yield



Paragon Shipping (NYSE: PRGN)

Euroseas (Nasdaq: ESEA)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 706 members who have rated Star Bulk believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include tctk1044 and jwc082.

Just a few months ago, tctk1044 highlighted Star Bulk as a shining opportunity:

This stock is cheap vs. book value with a high level of insider stock ownership... Couple that with growing profits and revenues over the past 3 years (through a, shall we say, rough economy especially for the shipping industry) and I think you have a pretty solid pick.

Fueled by the recent rebound in the Baltic Dry Index, shares of Star Bulk are up a healthy 20% over the past month alone. Even with that recent surge, however, the stock continues to sport a higher dividend yield than several of its fellow shippers like Paragon, Euroseas, and Navios Maritime. More importantly, CAPS members such as jwc082 believe Star Bulk has the financial strength to back up those payments:

From a purely fundamental standpoint, the company looks great. Strong dividend, fairly steady earnings, and an excellent price/book ratio. However, I wouldn't put any bets on when it's going to move upward -- but it seems like it's in a very good position to, from a valuation standpoint. The company recently sold off some of its fleet, too -- now they have more cash, but not sure how well it's managed. Greek shipping companies shouldn't be affected by any economic turmoil or austerity promises within Greece, because the Greek shipping industry isn't subject to [income tax] (a strange exception, but it makes for some disproportionately strong companies, to be sure).

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