By Brian D. Pacampara, The Motley Fool

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, aircraft components maker Precision Castparts (PCP) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Precision facts


Headquarters (Founded)

Portland, Ore. (1949)

Market Cap

$21.2 billion

Industry

Aerospace and defense

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$6.01 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Mark Donegan

CFO Shawn Hagel

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

19.7%

Cash/Debt

$822.8 million / $236.9 million

Competitors

Alcoa (AA)

Allegheny Technologies (ATI)

Carpenter Technology (CRS)



On CAPS, 98% of the 1,300 members who have rated Precision believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Kenjotto and Vermilian.

Last year, kenjotto touched on the tailwinds working in Precision's favor: "As business picks up, more and more people will be flying, which will require more and more spare aircraft parts. Also, as fleets age and new models come on line (get with it, [Boeing]!) [Precision] will be a supplier of choice for machined components."

Precision even boasts a robust three-year average operating margin of 24.5%. That's easily higher than that of rivals Alcoa (2.9%), Allegheny (8%), and Carpenter (5.5%).

CAPS member Vermilian expands on the outperform argument:

As we come out of the recession the business jet industry will begin to heat up. This is a very cyclical industry that has fallen on hard times. Precision Castparts makes metal fasteners and cast parts for the aircraft industry. Look to companies like [Precision] to benefit as companies like Textron (TXT) (owner of Cessna Aircraft) get back on track. Other companies like Boeing (BA) will be big customers of [Precision] as the dreamliner comes on board. Boeing also won a rather large military contract for tankers from the U.S. government.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Precision Castparts is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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