Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, TGC Industries (Nasdaq: TGE), which provides geophysical services for the oil and gas industry, has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

TGC facts

Headquarters (Founded) Plano, Texas
Market Cap $130.8 million
Industry Oil and gas equipment and services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $128.3 million

CEO Wayne Whitener (since 1999)

CFO James Brata (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 7.3%
Cash/Debt $15.5 million / $5.2 million

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 468 members who have rated TGC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include tbonci and All-Star Clawhammer08, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Late last month , tbonci touched on tailwinds working in TGC's favor: "As a company with low debt and a great analyst following, the future looks good. Additionally, summer gas prices are going to cause greater domestic investment into the energy sector, and TGE is well positioned to grow substantially in the next year."

Over the next five years, in fact, TGC is expected to grow at a brisk rate of 41% annually. That's faster than much larger energy service plays like Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) (19.5%), Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB) (18.3%), and Weatherford International (NYSE: WFT) (16%).

CAPS All-Star Clawhammer08 expands on the TGC outperform argument:

Too many players, too much oil yet to be discovered, and way too much money yet to be paid by us for it.

In short, I see these guys holding all the cards in the near future -- modern day water diviners -- in a high-growth field that over the next ten to twenty years will consolidate into one or two megafirms -- oil companies need to be able to one-stop-shop this type of information.

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