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

$197 million


Electrical components and equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$144.06 million


Chairman/CEO Zhiyuan Li (since 1997)

CFO Mark Du (since 2002)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$27.5 million / $40.8 million

Dividend Yield




Siemens (NYSE: SI)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 1,337 members who have rated Jinpan believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include AnchorageAK and All-Star FoolSolo, who is ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Late last year, AnchorageAK tapped Jinpan as a particularly powerful pick: "Power transformer manufacturer based in China, serving the Chinese market. As China's economy continues to develop, expect solid growing demand for power infrastructure investments to benefit Jinpan. Pays a reasonable dividend."

Currently, Jinpan even sports a cheapish forward P/E of 7.7. That represents a clear discount to transformer-making industrial gorillas ABB (13.0), General Electric (NYSE: GE) (12.8), and Siemens (13.5).

CAPS All-Star FoolSolo expands on the outperform argument:

Playing a sort of hunch on this one. Jinpan is well positioned in green energy in China, and they have really lagged the market for the past year. But given their dividend, and what they are focused on, it is a good long-term prospect. This further adds to my diversification into China.

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