Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, National Electricity Company of Chile (Endesa Chile) (NYSE: EOC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Endesa Chile facts

Headquarters (Founded) Santiago, Chile (1943)
Market Cap $12.1 billion
Industry Foreign utilities
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $4.5 billion
Management CEO Joaquin Galindo Velez (since 2009)
CFO Eduardo Escaffi (since 2009)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 20.9%
Cash/Debt $539.2 million / $4.0 billion
Dividend Yield 4.2%
Competitors AES (NYSE: AES)

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

On CAPS, 95% of the 110 members who have rated Endesa Chile believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include DELMCC99 and TarynOne.

Earlier this year, DELMCC99 tapped Endesa Chile as great way to play defense: "Stock has shown good sales and earnings growth over the past five years. Last downturn in 2008 it only had a -8% return compared to -37% for the S&P."

Endesa Chile even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 37.4%. That's higher than that of other utility plays like AES (21.4%), Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) (21.5%), and Southern (NYSE: SO) (22.3%).

CAPS member TarynOne expands on the outperform argument:

There is a lot of development to be had in Chile. Although [Endesa Chile] does face vulnerability to dry weather spouts, (primary power source is hydropower), it will continue to have construction & expansion projects as more and more Chilean communities are only now receiving access to electricity.

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