Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bakery goods company Flowers Foods
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Flowers' business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Thomasville, Ga. (1934)|
|Market Cap||$2.93 billion|
|Industry||Processed and packaged goods|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.58 billion|
Chairman/CEO George Deese
CFO Steve Kinsey
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||18.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$8.7 million / $121.8 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this year, scavanna succinctly summed up the Flowers bull case: "sales and profit growth, good balance sheet and ... dividend growth."
Over the past five years, in fact, Flowers has grown its dividend at a brisk rate of 24.6% annually. That's much faster than food giants such as General Mills
CAPS member mercyn expands on the tasty opportunity:
Steady growth internally and through acquisitions -- just completed purchase of TastyKake company out of Philadelphia. Company does not distribute nationally yet -- currently products mainly in Southeast, MidAtlantic states. Lots of potential for increased distribution and new product acquisitions.
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