Based on the aggregated intelligence of 160,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, auto parts manufacturer Tomkins (NYSE: TKS) has received the unenviable two-star ranking.

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

Tomkins facts

Headquarters (Founded)

London (1925)

Market Cap

$3.2 billion


Industrial conglomerates

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.2 billion


CEO James Nicol (since 2002)

CFO John Zimmerman (since 2007)

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)


Compound Annual Revenue Growth (Over Past 3 Years)



$446.2 million / $707.9 million

1-Year Return



TRW Automotive (NYSE: TRW)

Drew Industries (NYSE: DW)

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

On CAPS, 14% of the 95 members who have rated Tomkins believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include JackCaps and All-Star kurtdabear, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Just three days ago, JackCaps built a convincing case against the stock:

Tomkins will struggle to maintain its current revenue levels. A pullback for 2010 is likely and it will take at least a few years to return to the pre-2009 revenue levels over $5.5B. The S&P 500 Index should do better than this for the next few years.

In an earlier pitch, kurtdabear expounds on why the British company will fare poorly:

[Tomkins] is not a bad company -- it's just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Britain's economy is in much worse shape than the U.S. economy, and they don't have the luxury of printing more of the "world reserve currency" when economic reality hits them in the face. As a result, high-dollar consumer discretionary products will be off the table for a long time in the U.K. That means hard times for the auto industry, and hard times for the auto industry mean hard times for [Tomkins] well into the foreseeable future.

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Drew Industries is a Motley Fool Hidden Gems pick. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.