Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, infrared camera maker FLIR Systems (Nasdaq: FLIR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

FLIR facts

Headquarters (founded) Wilsonville, Ore. (1978)
Market Cap $4.6 billion
Industry Electronic equipment and instruments
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.5 billion
Management

Chairman/CEO Earl Lewis (since 2000)

CFO Anthony Trunzo (since 2010)

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 21.5%
Cash/Debt $250.2 million / $0
Dividend Yield 0.8%
Competitors

L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL)

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)

Raytheon (NYSE: RTN)

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 847 members who have rated FLIR believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include BKITU and MattGontovnick.

This past spring , BKITU noted that FLIR "is aggressively opening markets with smaller and increasingly-inexpensive products." Our CAPS member concludes: "It's only a matter of time before they hit the tipping point and average homeowners will start buying their products."

Over the next five years, in fact, FLIR is expected to grow its bottom line at a solid rate of 15% annually. That's faster than listed competitors such as L-3 (8%), Lockheed (9%), and Raytheon (9%).

CAPS member MattGontovnick elaborates on the bull case:

FLIR is an extremely profitable company that has consistent net income of over $200 million per year and at an increasing rate. It is among the world leaders in developing and manufacturing thermal and infrared systems to the public and military purposes. 

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