Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Arcos Dorados Holdings (NYSE: ARCO) has earned a respected four-star ranking. The company operates McDonald's (NYSE: MCD) franchises in South America.

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

Arcos Dorados facts

Headquarters (Founded) Buenos Aires, Argentina (2007)
Market Cap $4.56 billion
Industry Restaurants
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $3.57 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Woods Staton
CFO German Lemonnier
Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin 6.3%
Cash/Debt $251.1 million / $544.8 million
Dividend Yield 1.1%
Competitors Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 242 members who have rated Arcos Dorados believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Clint35 and danablanca.

This past summer, Clint35 succinctly summed up the opportunity: "Very similar to buying [McDonald's] except this one is cheaper and has more growth ahead of it."

Over the next five years, in fact, Arcos Dorados is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 21% annually. That's faster than other restaurant stocks like Yum! Brands (13%) and Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) (17%).

CAPS member danablanca elaborates on the Arcos Dorados bull case:

I love McDonald's. ... Smart, still cheap food for the kids, premium choices for adults = more profit. Also now have free Internet. I believe their system of delivery remains unsurpassed and this is the opportunity to access the company at a reduced entry point. [Arcos Dorados] being the largest franchisee only based in Latin America. I have not yet made the real money leap however would consider it around the $20 mark.

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