4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: The Pantry

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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, convenience store chain Pantry (NAS: PTRY) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Pantry facts

Headquarters (founded)Cary, N.C. (1967)
Market Cap$280.1 million
IndustryFood retail
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$7.4 billion
ManagementCEO Dennis Hatchell
CFO Mark Bierley
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)(12.4%)
Cash/Debt$150.7 million / $1.2 billion
Competitors7-Eleven
Alimentation Couche Tard
RaceTrac Petroleum

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

On CAPS, 92% of the 225 members who have rated Pantry believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.  

A few months ago, one of those Fools, jed71, took a cautiously bullish stance on the stock:

Cash flows look pretty good, and their anticipated growth for 2012 and beyond seems strong. I just wish they would stop buying businesses and focus on continuing to improve cash flows. A dividend for shareholders would also be quite nice. ... I plan to keep a close eye on free cash flows and future M&A activity. I am hoping they spend more time strengthening their balance sheet than looking for new acquisition targets, but I am not holding my breath.

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