Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bakery-cafe operator Panera Bread Company (Nasdaq: PNRA ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Panera's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||St. Louis (1981)|
|Market Cap||$4.7 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.0 billion|
|Management||Co-Founder/Chairman/Co-CEO Ronald Shaich
Co-CEO William Moreton
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||19.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$255.8 million / $0|
|Competitors||Chipotle Mexican Grill
Einstein Noah Restaurant Group
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 90% of the 1,471 members who have rated Panera believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Soup and sandwich -- how can you miss with variations of the basic lunch menu? They're growing at a measured, [judicious] pace, expanding their bakery line (not getting exotic), and the customers do the policing (you and your laptop don't get to spend all morning on a cup of coffee -- patrons will "pull-yer-plug"). Good prospects.
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