Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, brand management company Iconix Brand Group (Nasdaq: ICON) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Iconix facts

Headquarters (Founded) New York (1978)
Market Cap $1.7 billion
Industry Apparel footwear and accessories
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $353.2 million
Management Founder/Chairman/CEO Neil Cole
CFO Warren Clamen
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 10.5%
Cash / Debt $96.1 million / $519.5 million

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 264 members who have rated Iconix believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Nerus and streeter123.

Late last month, Nerus offered a mouth-watering price forecast on Iconix's shares: "Good earnings track record. At 1.65 EPS [full-year 2011 estimate], times P/E of 20 (raising from current 18 due to consistently good growth), stock will be around 33 in 12-16 months."

Iconix even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 63.7%. That's much higher than that of other brand apparel plays like Gap (NYSE: GPS) (12.4%), Guess? (NYSE: GES) (16.9%), and Nike (NYSE: NKE) (13%).

CAPS member streeter123 expands on the Iconix outperform argument:

- Peanuts/Dilbert/Fancy Nancy licensing. Fancy Nancy is really taking off, especially. I'm really surprised there is no TV show yet.
- A nice mix of high fashion (i.e. Badgley Mishka), regular brands (i.e. Starter) and "cool" brands (i.e. Rocawear)
- Good FCF, low PEG

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