Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, VoIP business phone service specialist 8x8 (Nasdaq: EGHT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 8x8's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

8x8 facts

Headquarters (Founded) Sunnyvale, Calif. (1987)
Market Cap $181.07 million
Industry Communication equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $67.85 million

Chairman/CEO Bryan Martin

CFO Daniel Weirich

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 17.5%
Cash/Debt $20.5 million / $53,000


Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ)

Vonage (NYSE: VG)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 183 members who have rated 8x8 believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Clint35 and jkubinak1339.

Just last month, Clint35 listed several of 8x8's positives: "Small cheap and underfollowed. Plus good margins and a good balance sheet."

Over the next five years, 8x8 is even expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 27.5% annually. That's substantially faster than telecom behemoth foes AT&T (4.5%) and Verizon (8.2%), as well as Vonage (2.5%).

CAPS member jkubinak1339 expands on the outperform argument:

8x8 has found a niche for itself in that they can service [small and medium businesses] that AT&T and Verizon cannot. 8x8 service is agnostic -- they easily provision companies that have displaced workers in different states or countries. One of 8x8's customers for example has 150 extentions in 26 different countries. All they had to do was plug their phones into an Internet connection and they were all on their enterprize class phone network. AT&T or [Verizon] would charge you an arm and a leg to provision a business like that so 8x8 has a Big competitive advantage against the big boys for this reason.

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