Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, silver royalty holding company Silver Wheaton (NYSE: SLW) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Silver Wheaton facts

Headquarters Vancouver, Canada
Market Cap $11.6 billion
Industry Precious metals and minerals
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $687.7 million
Management Co-Founder/CEO Randy Smallwood
CFO Gary Brown
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 11.9%
Cash/Debt $715.6 million / $85.8 million
Dividend Yield 1.1%

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

On CAPS, 96% of the 2,612 members who have rated Silver Wheaton believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include MajorBob04 and fellow Fool Sean Williams (TMFUltraLong), who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community.

Earlier this fall, MajorBob04 tapped Silver Wheaton as a particularly solid selection: "Silver prices are still high enough to generate great returns for Silver Wheaton. ... [A]fter the [E]uropean debt crisis is over, the profits and growth will be even greater."

In fact, Silver Wheaton boasts a rather robust three-year average operating margin of 58%. That's much higher than that of other silver plays like Hecla Mining (NYSE: HL) (30%) and Pan American Silver (Nasdaq: PAAS) (25%), let alone Coeur d'Alene's (NYSE: CDE) negative average operating margin of -14%.

CAPS All-Star TMFUltraLong elaborates on the bull case:

Why wouldn't you want to own Silver Wheaton. The company has its silver contracts locked in at such absurdly low levels that anything over roughly $7 in pure profit. Newflash, the last time I checked ... silver prices were well above $7/oz. Silver Wheaton's margins are absolutely astronomical and I suspect it will translate into big dividend gains in the not too distant future.

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