Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, footwear and apparel company Timberland (NYSE: TBL) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Timberland facts

Headquarters (Founded) Stratham, N.H. (1933)
Market Cap $1.68 billion
Industry Footwear
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $1.46 billion

CEO Jeffrey Swartz

CFO Carrie Teffner

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years) 10.8%
Cash/Debt $265.3 million / $0

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

On CAPS, 83% of the 371 members who have rated Timberland believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include mercyn and TMF1000, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community.

Earlier this month, mercyn tapped Timberland's recent earnings miss as a value opportunity: "Management seems to have their act together, and although the market reacted and sent the stock plunging when TBL failed to meet analysts expectations, the company is on solid financial ground and will do well as the economy improves."

In fact, Timberland currently sports a cheapish forward P/E of 13.2. That represents a discount to other shoe stocks like Deckers Outdoor (NYSE: DECK) (16.9), Nike (NYSE: NKE) (17.6), and Wolverine World Wide (NYSE: WWW) (14.1).

CAPS All-Star TMF1000 elaborates on the Timberland bull case:

Earnings are down, but they are investing in their future. Leather prices are going up, but they plan strategic price hikes in the second half of the year. ...

I believe their Earthkeeper lines which is still growing well could significantly drive future growth. And that alone is worth the investment. They plan on marketing and expanding that line globally. ...

I also like the first quarter growth in their specialty stores. This group of stores is the ones that carry the majority of their lines. It is the one that will best show the brand. ... I think this is another example of getting into a small retail base as a company decides to shift some sales from wholesale to direct sales. It is always a scary transition, but one that most successful producers should pursue.

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