4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Clean Energy Fuels


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, alternative-fuel provider Clean Energy Fuels (NAS: CLNE) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Clean Energy facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Seal Beach, Calif. (2001)

Market Cap

$931 million


Oil and gas refining and marketing

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$263.3 million


Co-Founder/CEO Andrew Littlefair

CFO Richard Wheeler

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$35.3 million / $90 million


Exterran Holdings (NYS: EXH)

Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,187 members who have rated Clean Energy believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Clint35 and ravens9111.

Just last month, Clint35 tapped Chesapeake Energy's (NYS: CHK) recent $150 million investment in Clean Energy as a particularly bullish sign:

I've liked this company since I first heard about it a few years ago. I just wasn't sure if they could accomplish what they were trying to accomplish. Now that they've gotten some help from Chesapeake Energy my doubts are gone. I think this will be at least a $50 stock. It's just a question of when.

Over the next five years, in fact, Clean Energy is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 30% annually. That's faster than that of rival Exterran (25%), as well as other alternative fuel plays like FuelCell Energy (NAS: FCEL) (10%) and Fuel Systems Solutions (12%).

CAPS member ravens9111 elaborates on the Clean Energy bull case:

The best fuel alternative is to run our vehicles from our own fuel, LNG. ... Electric vehicles sound great in theory, but the technology is not there yet. Not to mention, the cost per vehicle makes it difficult for most to buy a new electric car. CLNE will make it more affordable to convert your gas engine to run on LNG. It is really a no-brainer to make this happen. We will not only see the benefit of lower fuel prices from domestic sources, but reliance on foreign oil will be in check. Instead of being a net importer of foreign oil, we could become the largest net exporter of LNG. ... CLNE will reap the benefits, but we all will if you own the stock or not.

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