Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, merchant power producer Mirant (NYSE: MIR) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Mirant facts

Headquarters (founded)

Atlanta (1982)

Market Cap

$1.5 billion


Independent power producers and energy traders

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 billion


CEO Edward Muller (since 2005)

CFO J. William Holden III (since 2009)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$1.8 billion / $2.6 billion



Calpine (NYSE: CPN)

NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 411 members who have rated Mirant believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star wheckster, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and bonzeben23.

Earlier this month, wheckster tapped Mirant as a powerful bargain opportunity: "Grossly oversold stock. Mirant is a solid company, great-looking fundamentals. ... Safe business, absurd pricing, great value play."

Along with fellow power producers like Calpine and NRG, Mirant's shares have been seriously weighed down over the past year by low natural gas prices and weak electricity demand. Of course, with one of the more embattled players, Dynegy, agreeing to a $4.7 billion buyout from private equity firm Blackstone (NYSE: BX) last week, some stability could finally be coming back to the group as a whole. And at a PEG ratio now below 1, Mirant seems like a particularly cheap way to make that bet.

CAPS member bonzeben23 brings even more bullish figures to our community's attention:

[W]ith a price to book of .34 you can sleep comfortably knowing that your money is tucked away in this stock. Looking at its interest coverage of 9.16 nearly three times the industry average of 3.75 and a quick rate of 1.5 compared to 1.03 you are looking at a solid winner of a stock.

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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.