Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, specialty chemical producer Ferro (NYSE: FOE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Ferro facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Cleveland (1919)

Market Cap

$1.38 billion


Specialty chemicals

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 billion


Chairman/CEO James Kirsch

CFO Thomas Miklich

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$29 million / $294.55 million


PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG)

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

On CAPS, 89% of the 137 members who have rated Ferro believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include wing1stk and All-Star Geofiz, who is ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Late last year, wing1stk succinctly summed up the Ferro bull case: "[S]pecialty chemical demand high worldwide."

Currently, Ferro even trades at a price-to-cash flow of just 7. That represents a discount to close rival PPG (11.3), as well as bigger chemical plays like Dow Chemical (NYSE: DOW) (10.4) and DuPont (NYSE: DD) (10.9).

CAPS All-Star Geofiz expands on Ferro as a steadily improving pick:

Ferro has had an amazing turnaround since their 'near death' experience in 2009. The company is clearly refocused on what they do very, very well -- provide high value specialty products to growing markets. Balance sheet is not pristine, but is vastly improved over that of 2 years ago, and debt is being whittled down. In any event, D/E is not out of line at 56% and is well covered. Assuming no major macroeconomic setbacks, the company should thrive.

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