Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, furniture retailer Ethan Allen Interiors (NYSE: ETH) has received the dreaded one-star ranking

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

Ethan Allen facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Danbury, Conn. (1932)

Market Cap

$621.7 million


Home furnishings

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$558.4 million


CEO Farooq Kathwari (since 1988)
CFO David Callen (since 2007)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity


Year-to-Date Return



$76.1 million / $203.2 million


Furniture Brands International (NYSE: FBN)
La-Z-Boy (NYSE: LZB)
Haverty Furniture (NYSE: HVT)

Well-Rated Retail Alternatives

Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT)
Costco (Nasdaq: COST)
American Eagle Outfitters (NYSE: AEO)

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

On CAPS, 58% of the 123 members who have rated Ethan Allen believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars 00100 and tenmiles, both of whom are ranked in the top 6% of our community. 

Early this month, 00100 brought Ethan Allen's frightening fundamentals to our community's attention:

Terrible cash flow. Nominal debt. Negative margins. Optimistic expectations. Largely empty parking lots.

In a pitch on the same day, tenmiles shared that bearish sentiment:

Company appears to benefiting from a modestly improving consumer trends, but I still believe its debt profile, while not in danger of a collapse, is clearly not strong. I'm not completely sold they have made the market transition to "modern chic" from stuffy old rich man's furniture. ... [T]echnicals alone suggest this one is a couple points ahead of itself near term.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Wal-Mart and Costco are Motley Fool Inside Value picks. Costco is also a selection of Stock Advisor, and the Fool owns shares of it. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.