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

Industry

Restaurants

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 billion

Management

Co-Founder/Chairman/Co-CEO Ronald Shaich

Co-CEO William Moreton

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)

14.8%

Cash/Debt

$289.9 million / $0

Competitors

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."

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