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Why Panera Will Rise in 2013

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 (NASDAQ: PNRA  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Panera facts



Headquarters (founded)

St. Louis, Mo. (1981)

Market Cap

$4.7 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 billion


Co-Founder/Chairman/Co-CEO Ronald Shaich

Co-CEO William Moreton

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$289.9 million / $0


Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG  )

Einstein Noah Restaurant Group (NASDAQ: PNRA  )

Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX  )

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

On CAPS, 90% of the 1,530 members who have rated Panera believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, tiomiguel, brought a few of Panera's tasty numbers to our community's attention: "P/E below 3-year average; > 20% ROE last year; no debt; double-digit sales/EPS growth last 5 years; net and operating margins > industry averages."

Of course, this short pitch doesn't even come close to telling the entire story of Panera. You're in luck, though. The Fool's brand-new premium report on Panera tells all sides of the story for one of the most compelling restaurant plays in the market. You can grab your copy now, which comes with free updates for 12 months, by just clicking here.

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