Why Nathan's Famous Looks Tasty in 2013

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, hot dog specialist Nathan's Famous (NASDAQ: NATH  ) has earned a coveted five-star ranking.

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

Nathan's Famous facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Jericho, N.Y. (1916)

Market Cap

$166.4 million

Industry

Restaurants

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$70.3 million

Management

CEO Eric Gatoff (since 2007)
President/COO Wayne Norbitz (1989)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

12.4%

Cash/Debt

$24.9 million / $0

Competitors

Galardi Group
McDonald's
(NYSE: MCD  )
Yum! Brands
(NYSE: YUM  )

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

On CAPS, 94% of the 141 members who have rated Nathan's Famous believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star TMFDeej, followed the lead of renowned value investor Mario Gabelli and planted an outperform call on the stock:

Gabelli likes how Nathan's has reduced its share count by 2 million shares to 4.2 million. He thinks that the stock does not currently reflect a solid deal that [Nathan's Famous] made with [Smithfield Foods] to market its products starting in 2014, making the stock appear more expensive that it will ultimately be. Again, this idea is interesting and sort of a special situation in that there seems to be a coming revenue stream that is not showing up in the company's numbers yet.

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