Why Natural Grocers Will Grow in 2013

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, natural and organic grocery retailer Natural Grocers (NYSE: NGVC  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Natural Grocers facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Lakewood, Colo. (1955)

Market Cap

$429.1 million

Industry

Food retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$336.4 million

Management

Chairman/Principal Executive Officer Kemper Isely

Principal Executive Officer Zephyr Isely

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity

16.8%

Cash/Debt

$18.1 million / $5.8 million

Competitors

The Fresh Market (NASDAQ: TFM  )

Sprouts Farmers Market

Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFM  )

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 16 members who have rated Natural Grocers believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, sikiliza, succinctly summed up the Natural Grocers bull case for our community:

Family owned for over 5 decades and has had positive same store sales growth for the past three years. There's continued demand for organic food and dietary supplements and [Natural Grocers] is small enough to sneak around for a while before Whole Foods considers it a real threat. The downside is that the stock has underperformed the market in the last three months, falling 22% from its October 2012 high of [$24.65]. That said, it still remains 7% above its July 2012 IPO price.

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