Based on the aggregated intelligence of 165,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, apparel retailer Quiksilver (NYSE: ZQK) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Quiksilver facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Huntington Beach, Calif. (1976)

Market Cap

$541.7 million


Apparel, accessories, and luxury goods

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.9 billion


Co-Founder/CEO Robert McKnight, Jr.
CFO Joseph Scirocco

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$145.3 million / $878.0 million

Year-to-Date Return



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

On CAPS, 14% of the 296 members who have rated Quiksilver believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars colddrink73 and rknapton, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.

Earlier this year, coldrink73 noted that Quiksilver's bear case all boiled down to price: 

I like the company and have been wearing their gear for like 20 years. The only place I can find it now is at Ross but its [cheaper] there anyway. I just don't see the recent run up in stock price as sustainable.

In more recent pitch from last week, rknapton expanded on that bearishness. Here's an excerpt:

I'm not really saying this company is completely worthless, but yes, here is a company with almost a $600 million market cap, that does roughly $2 billion in revenues, but they also have nearly a billion dollars in debt. ... Not to mention this is all on top of a decline in revenues over the last few years. Somehow the average estimates by analysts for EPS in 2011 is $0.24, for a forward P/E of 19, but 1) I don't believe that EPS number will be realized, and 2) I think even if they did realize it, that is too high of earnings multiple for a company with this much debt.

The company has some great brands ... but I just can't be bullish on [Quiksilver] in its entirety when they haven't been able to be profitable with these brands over the last few years.

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