Based on the aggregated intelligence of 145,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, newspaper publisher McClatchy (NYSE:MNI) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

McClatchy facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Sacramento, Calif. (1860)

Market Cap

$434.2 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.55 billion


CEO Gary Pruitt (since 1996)
CFO Patrick Talamantes (since 2001)

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years)



$4.2 million / $1.9 billion

1-Year Return



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CAPS Members Bearish on MNI Also Bearish on

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CAPS Members Bullish on MNI Also Bullish on

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Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 67% of the 109 All-Star members who have rated McClatchy believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include deMole and UltraLong, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Just yesterday, deMole summed up McClatchy with a simple bearish description: "'Buggy whip' business with huge debt burden."

In a pitch from last week, UltraLong delivered a more detailed post against the stock:

McClatchy is a newspaper company that owns and operates 30 daily newspapers and roughly 50 non-local publications. … [Q3 figures] showed just how deep they must go into cost-cutting to meet their figures. Although they reported a 28 cent quarterly profit, they saw Q3 revenues dip 28% and this is a trend that should continue going forward. Really, how many more jobs need to be cut? … Couple that with 1.93 billion dollars in both short and long-term debts and even with profitability they'll never climb out of this mess they're in.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.