4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Central Garden & Pet

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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, pet and garden supplies specialist Central Garden & Pet Co. (NAS: CENT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

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

Central Garden & Pet facts

Headquarters (founded)Walnut Creek, Calif. (1955)
Market Cap$437.7 million
IndustryHousehold products
Trailing-12-Month Revenue$1.6 billion
ManagementChairman/CEO William Brown
CFO Lori Varlas
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)8%
Cash/Debt$28.1 million / $566.9 million
CompetitorsSpectrum Brands
Hartz Mountain
Scotts Miracle-Gro

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

On CAPS, 84% of the 129 members who have rated Central Garden & Pet believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this month, one of those Fools, All-Star Staka, helped weigh the stock's pros and cons for our community:

Positive:
- Business is well-diversified
- They are in a long-term restructuring which if well done could yield huge savings and allow them to bring down their debt
- Chart on the bottom of the one-year uptrend channel

Negative:
- [Q2] was an utter disappointment but this might have been caused by unique circumstances of the ongoing transformation from many small businesses into an integrated, multi-brand company
- Huge debt
- Chart breaks down from overextended run-up, could fall further  

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