5-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: VAALCO Energy

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, oil and gas small cap VAALCO Energy (NYS: EGY) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

VAALCO facts

Headquarters (Founded)Houston (1984)
Market Cap$461.6 million
IndustryOil and gas exploration and production
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$209.0 million
ManagementChairman/CEO Robert Gerry III (since 1997)
CFO Gregory Hullinger (since 2008)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)17.3%
Cash/Debt$140.3 million / $0
CompetitorsHarvest Natural Resources
Pioneer Natural Resources

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

On CAPS, 97% of the 1,566 members who have rated VAALCO believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, TheAccidentOf85, tapped the stock as a solid bargain opportunity:

[P]henomenal earnings BEFORE taxes. ... They produced less in [Gabon, Africa] this year compared to last year because the wells are maturing. This stock is cheap and I think it stays cheap for a while. Growth needs to happen outside Gabon for this stock to take off. Buy the dips and sell the rips on this one for a bit. Be sure to read the financials when there is movement in this stock to see if there is growth potential, or if their asset in Gabon is dwindling.      

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