Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, railroad operator Kansas City Southern (NYSE: KSU) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Kansas City Southern facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Kansas City, Mo. (1962)

Market Cap

$6.23 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.87 billion


CEO David Starling (since 2010)

CFO Michael Upchurch (since 2008)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$101.5 million / $1.6 billion

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 402 members who have rated Kansas City Southern believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include HardnoseDotCom and Tradersinfo.

Late last month, HardnoseDotCom succinctly summed up the Kansas City Southern bull case: "[L]ow PEG, strong price uptrend."

Over the next five years, in fact, Kansas City Southern is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 29% annually. That's much faster than other railroad operators like Canadian National Railway (NYSE: CNI) (15%), Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) (14%), and CSX (NYSE: CSX) (16%).

CAPS member Tradersinfo expands on KSU as a rather timely selection:

We see continued momentum at Kansas City Southern. Last quarter the Company reported revenue growth of 12% and a jump in operating income of 18%. This indicates that the railroad industry is growing along with the pickup in international trade. We are especially pleased with the way Management has kept costs under control in spite of fuel price hikes in Q1.

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