Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, teen clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (NYSE: ANF) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Abercrombie facts

Headquarters (Founded)

New Albany, Ohio (1892)

Market Cap

$6.07 billion


Apparel retail

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$3.47 billion


Chairman/CEO Michael Jeffries

CFO Jonathan Ramsden

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$826.35 million / $68.57 million

Dividend Yield



Aeropostale (NYSE: ARO)

American Eagle (NYSE: AEO)


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

On CAPS, 30% of the 1,119 members who have rated Abercrombie believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include PeyDaFool and Polarimetric.

Late last year, PeyDaFool wrote that the Abercrombie bear case all boiled down to price: "Low debt is nice, but P/E is unjustifiably high with this rate of ROE and ROI."

In fact, Abercrombie currently sports a particularly lofty P/E of 41.7. That represents a clear premium to that of rivals Aeropostale (10.4), American Eagle (23.0), and Gap (11.7).

CAPS member Polarimetric elaborates on the Abercrombie bear case:

As many others have stated, the P/E on this is ridiculous. Growth potential resulting from Hollister locations has already been milked to the limit. A&F's balance sheet will improve from 2008-2009, but not at the same pace as competitors. Even if retail/consumer discretionary blossoms on rising consumer confidence (which I believe it will), this company will be outpaced by more reasonably priced competitors.

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