Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, home furnishings retailer Pier 1 Imports
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Pier 1's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Pier 1 facts
|Headquarters (founded)||Fort Worth, Texas (1970)|
|Market Cap||$1.8 billion|
|Industry||Home furnishing retail|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.6 billion|
|Management||CEO Alexander Smith (since 2007)
CFO Charles Turner (since 1999)
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||31.2%|
|Cash/Debt||$217.9 million / $9.5 million|
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On CAPS, 54% of the 573 members who have rated Pier 1 believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.
I honestly don't have a problem with [Pier 1], but label me a skeptic of their business model and valuation. I guess I just question the run up of [Pier 1] from a penny stock in 2009 to the current valuation of ~$16. I have thought of them as a fad retailer on their way out for a number of years but the stock price seems to continue to defy gravity. I don't know anyone who shops their stores anymore, and I just can't see the new generation of women shoppers buying home decorative items from the stores. Their demographic is getting older, and they haven't really made a huge effort to reach the younger generation of customers.
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