Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, infant- and baby-clothes maker Carter's (NYSE: CRI) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Carter's facts

Headquarters (founded)

Atlanta (1865)

Market Cap

$1.64 billion


Apparel, accessories, and luxury goods

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.75 billion


Chairman/CEO Michael Casey

CFO Richard Westenberger

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$247.4 million / $236.0 million


The Children's Place Retail Stores (Nasdaq: PLCE)


Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS)

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

On CAPS, 98% of the 288 members who have rated Carter's believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Star Jeffreyw, who is ranked in the top 3% of our community, and tekennedy.

Late last year, Jeffreyw was cautiously bullish on Carter's: "High quality kids clothes, but expensive. Profits will depend on pricing power, population growth and disposable income among new parents."

Over the past five years, Carter's has grown its bottom line at a brisk pace of 25.4% annually. That's much faster than listed competitors Children's Place (16.3%), Gap (1.6%), and Walt Disney (11.4%).

CAPS member tekennedy elaborates on the bull case:

A vertically integrated company which sells childrens clothing wholesale, earns royalties from others using their brands or sells through their own retail operations. They have a market leading position in a fragmented market giving them plenty of room to grow. Their scale, brand image and relationships with top retailers have allowed them to earn high returns on investment and the nature of childrens clothing has some fundamental benefits over most apparel companies, reducing risk (less fashion dependent and less prone to economic conditions). Another aspect I like is the potential for turnaround at their OshKosh segment which is backed up by recent results. With a strong balance sheet and fair growth prospects ahead their valuation is very attractive, which should lead to a boring investment which should perform above the S&P for some time.

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