Based on the aggregated intelligence of 140,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, underwear and hosiery maker Hanesbrands (NYSE:HBI) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Hanesbrands facts


Winston-Salem, N.C.

Market Cap

$2.12 billion


Apparel, accessories, and luxury goods

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.03 billion


Chairman/CEO Richard Nol (since 2006)

CFO E. Lee Wyatt, Jr. (since 2005)

Compound Annual Revenue and Net Income Growth (Over Past 2 Years)

(5.4%) and (6.8%)

Cash / Debt

$47.6 million / $2.3 billion

6-Month Return





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

On CAPS, 18% of the 207 members who have rated Hanesbrands believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars TMFBuck and mrindependent, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Two months ago, TMFBuck warned Fools to keep their hands off Hanesbrands: "Increased competition within their biggest buyer [Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT)], rising commodity prices and rising inventories don't paint a pretty picture."

In a more recent pitch, mrindependent also tried to prevent Fools from getting hosed:

This stock looks like a reasonable deal if you merely look compare its 2009 consensus earnings estimate (i.e. $1.60) to its current price (i.e. $20.18). Digging deeper, you realize that this company releveraged itself in 2006 and is saddled with lots of term debt. My estimate is that the company must use 100% of earnings to pay down debt for the next 10 years. At 7.7 times book value, I think this company is a reasonable underperform pick.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Wal-Mart is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.