Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Chinese electric motor maker Harbin Electric (Nasdaq: HRBN) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Harbin facts


Harbin, China

Market Cap

$512.3 million


Electrical components

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$365.1 million


CEO Tianfu Yang
CFO Zedong Xu

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 3 Years)

94.7% and 49%


$40.3 million / $57.0 million


Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR)
General Electric (NYSE: GE)
Nidec (NYSE: NJ)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 503 members who have rated Harbin believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Beorn10, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community, and cig2010.

A few months ago, Beorn10 touched on the powerful tailwinds working in Harbin's favor: "China's industrialization and Asia as a whole has revolved around the production of products of value, which can be exported. Specialized motors are a critical part of this economy, which will likely grow as the regional production expands."

In fact, Harbin continued along its torrid growth path in the recent quarter, posting a 175% jump in revenue on increased demand across all its product lines. While Harbin's rivals include global manufacturing behemoths like Emerson, GE, and Nidec, its small size makes it a far more potent way to access China's rapidly expanding industrial base. More importantly, with a paltry PEG ratio of 0.3, substantially lower than those very same giants, Harbin seems like an inexpensive way to go for that growth.

CAPS member cig2010 expands:

[Harbin] is my favorite stock among all of the Chinese companies. I've been a long term holder of this company for several years and plan to hold for long term (5 year minimum).

[Harbin] is well-diversified in the electric motor business and is positioned to take advantage of the buildout of the transportation and industrial infrastructure and high growth of the domestic automotive industry. [Harbin] has experienced high double or triple digit revenue and earnings growth in linear and rotary motors. ...

Low float has contributed to sharp price fluctuations and short % is still high, but appears to be coming down slightly. Potential for share dilution could affect price short term, but long term affect should be insignificant.

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