Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, cable television brands operator AMC Networks (Nasdaq: AMCX) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

AMC facts

Headquarters (founded) New York (1980)
Market Cap $3.1 billion
Industry Cable and satellite
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.2 billion
Management CEO Joshua Sapan (since 2011)
CFO Sean Sullivan (since 2011)
Trailing-12-Month Return on Capital 19.2%
Cash/Debt $224.2 million / $2.3 billion
Competitors A&E Television Networks
Home Box Office
Turner Broadcasting System

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 22% of the 23 members who have rated AMC believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, TMFJLo, succinctly summed up the bear case for our community:

$2.2B of debt and short-term cost-cutting make [AMC's] future prospects look shaky at best. A few big hits will continue to temporarily boost sales, but mismanagement will push this company into the ground. When I'd change my opinion: massive shifts in management control, starting with several new board members. AMC also needs to be constantly chipping away at that debt.

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