Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, bakery-cafe operator Panera Bread Company
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Panera's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||St. Louis (1981)|
|Market Cap||$4.7 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$2.0 billion|
|Management||Co-Founder/Chairman/Co-CEO Ronald Shaich
Co-CEO William Moreton
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||19.7%|
|Cash/Debt||$255.8 million / $0|
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Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 90% of the 1,471 members who have rated Panera believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Soup and sandwich -- how can you miss with variations of the basic lunch menu? They're growing at a measured, [judicious] pace, expanding their bakery line (not getting exotic), and the customers do the policing (you and your laptop don't get to spend all morning on a cup of coffee -- patrons will "pull-yer-plug"). Good prospects.
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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Panera, Chipotle, and Starbucks. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Panera, Chipotle, and Starbucks, as well as writing covered calls on Starbucks. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.