Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, supermarket chain Kroger
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Kroger's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Cincinnati (1883)|
|Market Cap||$12.4 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$90.4 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO David Dillon
President/COO W. Rodney McMullen
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||12.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$188.0 million / $8.2 billion|
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 90% of the 676 members who have rated Kroger believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
The company appears to be about as solid as a non-[Whole Foods Market] grocer can be. Rev and Gross Profit have risen nicely over the past several years. ... Even though the dividend has grown [more than 50%] since 2007, there is still plenty of room for dividend growth. The company has been aggressively buying back shares, but based on a back of the envelope calculation, they've averaged a price of $25 or so, which isn't horrible.
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