Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, carbon fiber maker Zoltek Companies
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Zoltek's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||St. Louis (1975)|
|Market Cap||$364.8 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$143.5 million|
Founder/Chairman/CEO Zsolt Rumy
CFO Andrew Whipple
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||(1.9%)|
|Cash/Debt||$20.66 million / $0|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 94% of the 740 members who have rated Zoltek believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include rofgile and All-Star JakilaTheHun, who is ranked in the top 0.1% of our community.
Late last month , rofgile touched on the powerful winds working in Zoltek's favor: "Wind power will begin to grow quite strongly in 2011-2012, with the end of austerity, crisis of Japan, and reevaluation of priorities. Further, offshore wind is the next development in power generation and will begin to become a real draw."
Over the next five years, in fact, Zoltek is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 15% annually. That's faster than close rivals Cytec (11%) and Hexcel (9.6%), as well as diversified chemical plays like Ashland
I think there are a number of public carbon fiber makers, but they aren't traded on the major US exchanges. ...
Also a lot of other companies make carbon fiber, but its higher cost fiber, more aimed at the aerospace market. Hexcel is a good example (and a very good company).
But ZOLT has been my favorite for investing purposes, since it's the easiest for US investors to get a hold of and its been a leader in low-cost fiber, which is where the future growth will be at.
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