1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Dunkin' Brands?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, coffee shop operator Dunkin' Brands (Nasdaq: DNKN  ) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Dunkin' facts

Headquarters Canton, Mass.
Market Cap $3.6 billion
Industry Restaurants
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $628.2 million
Management CEO Nigel Travis (since 2009)
CFO Neil Moses (since 2010)
Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity 6.5%
Cash/Debt $246.7 million / $1.5 billion
Dividend Yield 2%
Competitors Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Starbucks
Yum! Brands

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

On CAPS, 49% of the 210 members who have rated Dunkin' believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, RScottK26, succinctly summed up the bear case for our community:

Low [return on equity] and [return on assets]. VERY high debt and debt/equity. More mature company. Heading into slower time of year for donuts and coffee. I like [Krispy Kreme] much more in this space: almost no debt, and lots of room to grow.

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