1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Tootsie Roll?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, confectionery company Tootsie Roll Industries (NYS: TR) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Tootsie Rollfacts

Headquarters (founded)

Chicago (1896)

Market Cap

$1.5 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$537.3 million


Chairman/CEO Melvin Gordon
President/COO Ellen Gordon

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$79.4 million / $7.5 million

Dividend Yield



Kraft Foods
Mars, Incorporated
Spangler Candy Company

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

On CAPS, 39% of the 51 All-Star members who have rated Tootsie Roll believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star joryko, brought Tootsie Roll's seemingly unsustainable valuation to our community's attention:

This is getting a little bit ridiculous isn't it? Tootsie Roll Industries is currently trading at 33x earnings and 22x cash flow and is continuing to trade higher.

For comparison, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYS: CMG) is trading at 35x earnings and 27x cash flow. The main difference between the two however, is that Chipotle burritos are an actual growth story; Tootsie Rolls are not anymore. [Tootsie Roll] has barely managed 2% revenue growth over the last five years while watching its EPS [fall]. Meanwhile Chipotle is pumping out top and bottom line growth of at least 20% each year.

In a very similar case to [Hershey Company] I believe that too much "safe money" has been put on these companies as investors are looking to find recession proof holdings with a nice little dividend yield. At the end of the day however, a little bubble will still pop sooner or later and I believe that is what we are looking at here.

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