1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: La-Z-Boy?

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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, furniture maker La-Z-Boy (NYS: LZB) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

La-Z-Boyfacts

Headquarters (founded)Monroe, Mich. (1927)
Market Cap$752.6 million
IndustryHome furnishings
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.2 billion
ManagementCEO Kurt Darrow (since 2003)
CFO Louis Riccio (since 2006)
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)11%
Cash/Debt$148.1 million / $29.8 million
CompetitorsEthan Allen Interiors
Furniture Brands International
Natuzzi

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

On CAPS, 55% of the 278 members who have rated La-Z-Boy believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A few months ago, one of those Fools, All-Star TSIF, summed up the bear case for our community:

They are a poster child for revamping, getting costs under control, managing advertising, and managing inventory. There is little not to like here from a retail perspective, but overall there is little upside here either. La-Z-Boy continues to surprise analysts, though the bar is fairly low and store traffic increases and EPS beats slightly. ...

This is a nice little company, but again I don't see the upside and given the market conditions I think it's worth a retrace play. Even with improved earnings ... margins are still thin. Cash flow still relies on nearly perfect inventory management.

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