Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, cast-resin transformer maker Jinpan International (Nasdaq: JST) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Jinpan facts

Headquarters (Founded) Haikou, China (1993)
Market Cap $208.6 million
Industry Electrical components and equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $142.86 million

CEO Zhiyuan Li (since 1997)

CFO Mark Du (since 2002)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 21.8%
Cash/Debt $17.14 million / $5.36 million
Dividend Yield 1.1%


Siemens (NYSE: SI)

General Electric (NYSE: GE)

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

On CAPS, 99% of the 1,340 members who have rated Jinpan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include toyboatt and All-Star Gtrinvestor, who is ranked in the top 0.1% of our community.

This past summer, toyboatt touched on Jinpan's solid fundamentals:

Great financials and 10 years proven growth in Chinese market. High insider ownership. Low debt = ability to take on debt for the right opportunity. Electric infrastructure will only grow in demand as fuel prices discourage travel. China has a lot of infrastructure to build in the next 20 years.

While Jinpan has the unenviable task of competing with a few multinational behemoths, its small size and leadership position in electricity-hungry China (No. 2 in most of its regions) gives it seemingly tastier growth prospects. In fact, Jinpan's compound net income growth over the past three years (20.4%) tops that of much larger transformer makers like ABB (8.5%), Siemens (-7.2%), GE (-22.8%), and Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR) (-2%). And with Jinpan trading at a forward P/E discount to each of those same giants, the shares also look like a cheap way to go for growth.

CAPS All-Star Gtrinvestor elaborates:

It scares me how small this cap is on this stock, but year after year this thing keeps plugging away in an economy that is a growth machine. Stock trades at about Net Book Value as well, so I'm going ahead and taking a chance that this isn't a scam, but actually a genuine company with real growth potential. If this ends up being true, then the P/E on this stock should expand significantly, and the return on the stock should be great even if earnings don't grow all that much.

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