4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Buffalo Wild Wings

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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, restaurant chain Buffalo Wild Wings (NAS: BWLD) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Buffalo Wild Wings facts

Headquarters (Founded)Minneapolis (1982)
Market Cap$1.16 billion
IndustryRestaurants
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$728 million
ManagementCEO Sally Smith (since 1996)
CFO Mary Twinem (since 1996)
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)16.8%
Cash/Debt$91.3 million / $0

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 94% of the 4,665 members who have rated Buffalo Wild Wings believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include All-Stars TMF1000 and JaysRage, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.   

Earlier this fall, TMF1000 touched on Buffalo Wild Wings' tasty growth prospects:

The Company has raised their targets to 1400 restaurants in the U.S and 100 in Canada. ... If this is successful, it will give us some clues for growth in Europe. No one ever discusses their International prospects because they don't discuss it. But doesn't anyone believe it will happen someday? I do!

Over the next five years, in fact, Buffalo Wild Wings is expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 21% annually. That's faster than other restaurant stocks like McDonald's (NYS: MCD) (10%), Starbucks (NAS: SBUX) (17%), and Yum! Brands (NYS: YUM) (13%).

CAPS All-Star JaysRage lists four ways that Buffalo Wild Wings separates itself from the competition:

1) The menu -- They have a well-established and branded set of wings and sauces that fit most people. However, they also have a really solid base menu that has a lot of other quality alternative options. ...

2) The setup -- Every [Buffalo Wild Wings] that I have been to is set up so that you have multiple flat screens within prime viewing from every seat in the house. While every sports bar will have some big screens, [Buffalo Wild Wings] focuses on making sure that viewing quality is at a premium for all customers. ...

3) Kid-friendliness -- Believe it or not, [Buffalo Wild Wings] has a solid kids menu. I probably wouldn't take my family there in the middle of the big game and fight the crowds, but in the middle of the summer when my favorite baseball team is playing on a Sunday afternoon, I would feel very comfortable taking a family outing to [Buffalo Wild Wings] for some of my favorites. ...

4) Consistency -- This is so important to building out a quality brand. While some are better than others, [Buffalo Wild Wings] has managed to maintain a level of quality from store-to-store that builds trust that if I step into a [Buffalo Wild Wings] anywhere, I will get a similar experience.

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At the time this article was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool owns shares of Buffalo Wild Wings, Starbucks, and Yum! Brands. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Buffalo Wild Wings, McDonald's, Starbucks, and Yum! Brands. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 daysWe Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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