Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, food industry waste recycler Darling International (NYSE: DAR) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Darling facts

Headquarters (Founded) Irving, Texas (1882)
Market Cap $1.64 billion
Industry Waste management
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.59 billion
Management Chairman/CEO Randall Stuewe (since 2003)
CFO John Muse (since 2000)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 15.3%
Cash/Debt $28.6 million / $310 million

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

On CAPS, 97.5% of the 1,086 members who have rated Darling believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include sparkedog69 and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 0.1% of our community.  

This past summer, sparkedog60 tapped Darling as a particularly special selection: "Darling takes the nastiest part of food production and turns it into something of value. Good opportunity to buy."

In fact, Darling currently sports a cheapish P/E of 10. That represents a discount to more conventional waste management plays like Waste Management (NYSE: WM) (15.2), Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) (18.9), and Stericycle (Nasdaq: SRCL) (31.1).

CAPS All-Star TSIF elaborates on the bargain opportunity:

[F]orward P/E of about 8.5. Darling is the only publically traded company in their field and their moat widens with smart acquisitions. ... Not a sexy business, and not a lot of attention. Decent metrics overall, but debt is higher than I would prefer, but it's getting paid down rapidly. ... A solid company that deserves watching as they continue seeking growth potential.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Darling and Waste Management. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Waste Management, Republic Services, and Stericycle, as well as writing a covered strangle position on Waste Management. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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