Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, cold-rolled steel equipment producer Ampco-Pittsburgh (NYSE: AP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Ampco-Pittsburgh facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Pittsburgh (1929)

Market Cap

$262.5 million


Industrial machinery

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$326.89 million


Chairman/CEO Robert Paul
CFO Marliss Johnson

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$61.08 million / $13.31 million

Dividend Yield



Roper Industries (NYSE: ROP)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 251 members who have rated Ampco-Pittsburgh believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include alzbeta and All-Star Staka, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Late last year, alzbeta noted that Ampco-Pittsburgh is a company "with a long history, furnishing parts for companies who fabricate essentials." Our CAPS member concluded, "As the recovery progresses, industries will upgrade their facilities."

Currently, Ampco-Pittsburgh even sports a particularly paltry forward P/E of 8.5. That represents a discount to rival Roper Industries (18.2), as well as larger industrial stocks like General Electric (NYSE: GE) (12.5) and United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) (13.6).

Just last week, Staka listed the stock's pros and cons:

- Fundamentally cheap (only 30% above tangible book value)
- Clean balance sheet, reasonable growth and margins
- Leader in a niche product (Cold-rolling steel equipment)
- China joint venture just about to start production
- No analyst coverage (hidden gem)

- Insiders don't seem hold a lot of shares (but I'm not sure how realistic these numbers are because others speak about AP as a family business?)
- Asbestos litigation costs still a considerable drag on profits
- Cyclical stock

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