Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Canadian gold explorer Rubicon Minerals (AMEX: RBY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Rubicon facts

Headquarters (founded) Vancouver, Canada (1996)
Market Cap $942.1 million
Industry Gold
Management President/CEO David Adamson (since 2001) CFO Robert Lewis (since 2005)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) (5.2%)
Cash/Debt $83.8 million / $0

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 791 members who have rated Rubicon believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Chemdawg, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and NHWeston.

This past summer , Chemdawg highlighted Agnico-Eagle's (NYSE: AEM) big stake in Rubicon as a sign of good things to come: "a good company at a sale price. IF AEM buys these guys out you will be glad that you were on board ... either way I think this ends well for shareholders."

Rubicon even boasts $83.8 million in cash on its balance sheet with zero debt. Meanwhile, while hardly overleveraged, larger gold plays such as Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX), Newmont Mining (NYSE: NEM), and Yamana Gold (NYSE: AUY) sport debt-to-equity ratios of 55%, 25%, and 6%, respectively.

CAPS member NHWeston elaborates on the bull case:

Okay, miners do not interest me. But when a company with a lot of money and expertise like Agnico-Eagle buys up almost ten percent of a dirt cheap company ... NOW I'M INTERESTED! If they are willing to put that kind dough in Rubicon, maybe I should, too. That kind of investment also signals thoughts of an eventual buy-out. ... Rubicon, however, just seems more of a do-able project and, if Agnico is not interested in a buyout, they sure are interested enough to get my attention.

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