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Just when you think Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR ) might be about to peter out, it just keeps on perking away. Its fiscal third-quarter results spurred a caffeinated rally among investors eager to buy its shares.
Excluding one-time items, Green Mountain's third-quarter net income increased 31% to $18.6 million, or $0.13 per share. Revenue skyrocketed 64%, to $311.5 million. Green Mountain's acquisition of the Keurig single-cup brewing system continues to give it an edge that keeps boosting its net sales higher and higher.
Apparently, Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX ) and Green Mountain are coexisting quite well. Starbucks' most recent quarter wasn't too shabby, even if some investors spit out the stock. Although the success of Starbucks' instant coffee, Via, would seemingly steer some folks away from Green Mountain's single-cup products, it seems that there's plenty of room for both in the caffeine lovers' market so far.
During the quarter, Green Mountain managed to sell 683 million K-cups -- a 72% boost year over year. Don't forget that K-cups are the recurring, high-margin part of Green Mountain's business. The company's operating margin ticked up to 12.2%, from 12% in the year before.
Many other companies clearly covet a slice of the coffee-slinging market, including McDonald's (NYSE: MCD ) , Dunkin' Donuts, Peet's (Nasdaq: PEET ) , and Caribou (Nasdaq: CBOU ) . But it seems these contenders haven't taken the green out of Green Mountain.
Still, Green Mountain's valuation is reaching seriously high altitudes. It trades at a nosebleed multiple of 61 times trailing earnings, compared to Starbucks' not-exactly-cheap 23 times earnings. Can Green Mountain keep growing fast enough to convince investors that it deserves such a premium valuation? Sip these shares carefully, Fools -- overconfidence could leave you badly burned.