ItBy 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, insurance holding company AmTrust Financial Services (AFSI) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

AmTrust Facts

Headquarters (founded) New York
Market Cap $1.13 billion
Industry Property and casualty insurance
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1 billion

CEO Barry Zyskind

CFO Ronald Pipoly Jr.

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years) 21.3%
Cash/Debt $234.1 million / $660.4 million
Dividend Yield 1.7%

Markel (MKL)

Travelers (TRV)

Source: Capital IQ (a division of Standard and Poor’s) and Motley Fool CAPS

On CAPS, 98% of the 611 members who have rated AmTrust so far believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include cnbcgb and FoolishMikee.

Less than two months ago, cnbcgb listed several of AmTrust’s positives: “Low P/E trailing and future. … [H]igh recurring income. High ROI…Has momentum, which I normally don’t chase, but this one is repricing appropriately.”

In fact, AmTrust currently sports a cheapish forward P/E of seven. That represents a discount to other insurance stocks like Markel (23.5), Travelers (9.8), and even AIG (AIG) (14.1).

CAPS member FoolishMikee elaborates on the bull case:

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