Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (Nasdaq: GMCR ) is the investing Icarus of the last 12 months. Once a multibagger stock, Green Mountain couldn't maintain its lofty growth multiples and has crashed down into value stock territory. A combination of factors including slowing growth, mounting inventory, questionable management missteps, and very public short calls have all contributed to depress shares to less than 20% of their 52-week highs. Green Mountain's slide bears more than a passing resemblance to Krispy Kreme's (NYSE: KKD ) similarly publicized fall from grace. Both stocks became Wall Street favorites and couldn't maintain the growth commensurate with their multiple expansion after running up in price. Krispy Kreme became short-term focused with rapid expansion and pushing equipment on franchisees, and there is a growing belief that Green Mountain has done the same thing via channel stuffing and aggressive accounting.
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