Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, retail drugstore operator Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Rite Aid facts

Headquarters (Founded) Camp Hill, Pa. (1927)
Market Cap $943.66 million
Industry Drug retail
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $25.22 billion

CEO John Standley

CFO Frank Vitrano

Return on Capital (Average, Past 3 Years) 2.6%
Cash/Debt $91.1 million / $6.2 billion

CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS)

Walgreen (NYSE: WAG)

Wal-Mart Stores (NYSE: WMT)

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

On CAPS, 15.5% of the 950 members who have rated Rite Aid believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include jmd747 and RallyCry.

Just last week, jmd747 listed several things working against Rite Aid:

Huge Debt.
CVS wellness plan better.
economy still soft...
only hope is a buyout when price gets lower.

In fact, Rite Aid's three-year average return on capital of 2.6% is substantially lower than that of rivals CVS (8.4%), Walgreen (13.9%), and Wal-Mart (13.3%).

CAPS member RallyCry expands on Rite Aid's particularly precarious financial position:

Rite Aid Corp is sporting a Long Term Debt to Cash ratio of 62 to 1 with negative earnings and cash flow for as far as the eye can see. How do they survive? Again 6.2 billion in long term debt versus 100 million in cash. Imagine the dilution that would need to take place at $1.11 per share to pay down the debt? With 887 million shares outstanding, reducing LTD through a new equity offering at market price would send the stock into the basement. Even if they double the share count, this would reduce long term debt by 984 million or only 16%.

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