Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, teen-oriented apparel retailer The Buckle (NYSE: BKE ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Buckle's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Kearney, Neb. (1948)|
|Market Cap||$2.1 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.1 billion|
|Management||President/CEO Dennis Nelson
Treasurer/Corporate Controller Thomas Heacock
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||35.9%|
|Cash/Debt||$197.7 million / $0|
|Competitors||Abercrombie & Fitch
American Eagle Outfitters
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 90% of the 597 members who have rated Buckle believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Between the dividends and the consistent growth, Buckle looks like a winner. ... [T]here seem to be those that think Buckle is a fad that will fade away and/or their merchandise is overpriced to the point of destroying demand. ...
However, whenever I go to my local mall, Buckle always seems to have their share of customers. They seem to have a relatively large range of age appeal too -- centered around younger adults, but including teens and more middle-aged people too. I think that helps them keep a more even keel as far as fads and trends go.
Also, just because they sell trendy clothing today does not mean they can't sell trendy clothing tomorrow, or five, ten, fifteen years from now. Buckle has been around for awhile (decades). I think they've seen one or two trend changes over that time, and it looks like they handled them just fine.
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