Why Polypore Is Poised to Plunge

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, filtration process specialist Polypore International (NYSE: PPO  ) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Polypore facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Charlotte, N.C.

Market Cap

$2.1 billion

Industry

Industrial equipment and components

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$728.1 million

Management

Chairman/CEO Robert Toth
CFO Lynn Amos

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)

5.6%

Cash/Debt

$52.6 million / $711.3 million

Competitors

Asahi Kasei
Nippon Sheet GlassUbe Industries

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

On CAPS, 10% of the 256 members who have rated Polypore believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bears, fellow Fool Rich Smith (TMFDitty), succinctly summed up the underperform case for our community:

I'm hearing bad, bad rumblings on this one. Looking into it myself, I see increasing [capital expenditures], and two years of (rising) negative free cash flow -- even as Polypore reports GAAP "profits." Doesn't look good.

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