Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, for-profit educator Lincoln Educational Services (Nasdaq: LINC) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Lincoln facts

Headquarters (Founded) West Orange, N.J. (1946)
Market Cap $342.1 million
Industry Education services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $632.4 million
Management

CEO Shaun McAlmont (since 2009)

CFO Cesar Ribeiro (since 2004)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 23%
Cash/Debt $43.7 million / $36.9 million
Dividend Yield 6.6%
Competitors

Apollo Group (Nasdaq: APOL)

DeVry (NYSE: DV)

Strayer Education (Nasdaq: STRA)

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 191 members who have rated Lincoln believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star ServusDei7, who is ranked in the top 2% of our community, and ichangedmyuserid.

Just last month, ServusDei7 listed several of Lincoln's positives: "Single digit P/E, consistent earnings for at least the past 10 years with good growth, high ROE, healthy balance sheet, and good yield. Clearly a winner."

In fact, Lincoln currently sports a particularly paltry P/E of 5.6. That represents a clear discount to competitors like Apollo (16.1), DeVry (12.3), and Strayer (12.5).  

CAPS member ichangedmyuserid elaborates on the bull case for Lincoln:

Is it wrong that I like education stocks so much? The industry is great and is pretty recession proof. Lincoln has the highest dividend in the industry at a hefty 6% (even if it gets cut in half, still very reasonable) and a top 10 return on equity and earnings growth. Brand recognition is good, which is important in a competitive industry like this.

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