Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, women's apparel retailer Cato (NYS: CATO) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Cato's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Charlotte, N.C. (1946)
Chairman/CEO John Derham Cato (since 1999)
Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)
$240.7 million / $0
Ascena Retail Group
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 83% of the 95 members who have rated Cato believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Even though the dividend yield is at 3.4%, their payout ratio based on earnings is only about 40%. The company has $240 million in cash and no debt. ...
2008 and 2009 were a little rough on the company and the company had to close quite a few stores. ... Since then, the company has stabilized a bit and seems to be back on track. The dividend will likely prevent a big drop in share price, but any news regarding growth could send this thing much higher, similar to what happened with Gap about 3 months ago.
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