Dueling Fools

Dueling Fools

Dave & Busted
Dave & Buster's Price (10/5/99): $11

October 6, 1999

Time out for fun! This week Dave & Buster's (NYSE: DAB) gets the Dueling Fools treatment. The eatertainment chain, dubbed a Chuck E. Cheese for adults, had been a Wall Street darling until this summer's meltdown.

Rick Aristotle Munarriz (TMF Edible) and Bill Barker (TMF Max) have loaded up their Power Cards and are ready to take their swipes.

Who will win? You get the final swipe. When you're done, you don't have to wait overnight to check out our FDX (NYSE: FDX) Duel Flashback.

You Get to Vote!

Once you've read the arguments and the rebuttals, it's your time to cast your vote. We'll tabulate results each week and revisit them from time to time to see whether you were right! As always, we invite you to join us in the Dueling Fools Message board to continue the duel.

[Any suggestions, comments, praise, or flames, please send them along to the Dueling Fools Team.]

The Bull...
D&B has long been the envy of the restaurant industry. Then again, when you derive just 30% of your sales from food with the majority coming from high-margin diversions, you are setting yourself apart from the crowd in a hurry.
The Bear...
Taking an income statement approach to this company and focusing on earnings just won't get you anywhere, or if it does get you somewhere, it's to the wrong place. You have to look at the balance sheet to get a real feel for why the earnings, even if they are growing (more on that later) don't really mean anything.

Results for last week's Fruit of the Loom Duel

Answer Percentage
I can't make up my mind


TMF Edible's Bull argument


TMF Parlay's Bear argument


They were both excellent


They were both lame