Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, health and wellness products retailer GNC Holdings (NYSE:GNC) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

GNC facts

 

 

Headquarters (founded)

Pittsburgh, Pa. (1935)

Market Cap

$4.6 billion

Industry

Specialty stores

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.5 billion

Management

Chairman/CEO Joseph Fortunato

CFO Michael Nuzzo

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity

25.6%

Cash/Debt

$176.2 million/$1.1 billion

Dividend Yield

1.3%

Competitors

Amazon.com 

CVS Caremark 

Walgreen 

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

On CAPS, 89% of the 123 members who have rated GNC believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.   

Earlier this month, one of those bulls, fellow Fool Thomas Engle (TMF1000), succinctly summed up the outperform case for our community:

Sales growth this last quarter was up only about 6%, but net income per share was up 21%. They pay a $0.60 dividend which gives them a dividend yield of 1.4%. Their cash flow yield is 4.6%, so they could easily raise their dividend. They are by far the leader in a very fragmented industry. I believe both [Vitamin Shoppe (NYSE: VSI)] and GNC will do well and I think they may make a fair pairing in a portfolio. Stability versus growth.

They do have $1.1 billion in debt. But they generate about $200 million in cash flow a year and they have $174 million in cash, so that shouldn't be a problem. Their cash flow is very high, so in my opinion, is reason enough to believe they will beat the S&P 500 over the next ten years.

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