Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENT) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Central Garden facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Walnut Creek, Calif. (1955)

Market Cap

$867 million


Household products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.67 billion


CEO William Brown (since October 2007)

CFO Jeffrey Blade (since September 2009)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 3 Years)

3% and (12.7%)


$25.4 million/$409 million

1-Year Return



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

On CAPS, 22% of the 118 members who have rated Central Garden believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars Fellow Fool writer Toby Shute, TMFSmashy, and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 2% of our community.

Two months ago, Toby highlighted a recent hire as a sign of bearish things to come: "Jeff Blade, who got booted from [Steak n Shake], is in as CFO. Thumbs down on that hire."

In a pitch from earlier this month, mrindependent also encouraged Fools not to water the weeds:

Central Garden and Pet is selling near its 52 week high. The share price is 1.5 times book value, which is significantly above typical p/bv ratios that prevailed over the last 10 years. Ignoring its gigantic asset impairment last year, its returns on equity have average 8% or less. The company recently filed a shelf registration statement that allows it to issue new shares from time to time in unspecified amounts at unspecified prices. I expect the company to immediately sell into this richly valued market and this increase in supply will likely cause a price drop.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. The Fool owns shares of Steak n Shake. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.