2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: K-Swiss?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, athletic footwear maker K-Swiss (Nasdaq: KSWS  ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

K-Swiss facts

Headquarters (Founded) Westlake Village, Calif. (1966)
Market Cap $448 million
Industry Footwear
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $225.35 million
Management CEO Steven Nichols (since 1987)
CFO George Powlick (since 1988)
Return on Equity (Average Past 3 Years) (1.9%)
Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years) (20.7%)
1-Year Return 39%
Competitors Nike (NYSE: NKE  )
Adidas

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

On CAPS, 11.5% of the 235 members who have rated K-Swiss believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Star Valyooo, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and bofors.

This past summer, Valyooo tapped K-Swiss as an unfashionable selection: "This and [Crocs (NYSE: CROX  ) ] are two retail stocks I am shorting with no basis other than negative earnings and the fact that NOBODY LIKES THEM ANYMORE."

In addition to posting heavy losses of late, K-Swiss' top-line has declined at an ugly compounded rate of 21% over the past three years. When you compare that figure to behemoth rival Nike's (5%), as well as other footwear plays like Deckers Outdoor (Nasdaq: DECK  ) (38%), Skechers (NYSE: SKX  ) (10.4%), and even the aforementioned Crocs (6.2%), it's easy to see why Fools aren't so high on K-Swiss. CAPS member bofors is particularly bearish and earlier this month, listed ten good reasons to stay away from the stock.

Here are a few of them:

... (3) [K-Swiss'] revenues are down some 13% and future orders are down some 9% year over year for the last quarter.

(4) [K-Swiss'] lost some 50% more money year over year for the last quarter.

(5) [K-Swiss'] attempts to turn itself around with "K-Swiss Orange County" and the "Kenny Powers" TUBES™ campaign look pathetic and weak. ...

(7) [K-Swiss] has always been a small, weak, trendy brand and it was forced into the mainstream without a solid base.

In short, [K-Swiss] is a joke and has no expectation of making money for about year or perhaps longer. Before it has another profitable episode, it is highly likely that [K-Swiss] will drop below $10.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Nike is a Motley Fool Stock Advisor selection. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.

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