Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online radio company Pandora Media (NYSE: P ) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Pandora's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
||Oakland, Calif. (2000)
||Chairman/CEO Joseph Kennedy
CFO Steven Cakebread
|Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin
||$43.7 million / $7.4 million
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 80% of the 248 members who have rated Pandora believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Stars TMFBreakerJava and TheMiracleDJR, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.
Just last week, TMFBreakerJava touched on the stock's seemingly unsustainable valuation: "Buying this IPO requires that you believe that Pandora will continue to grow like crazy, establish a moat based on network effects and fend off significant competitors. It might happen, but investors are taking a lot on faith."
In fact, Pandora currently trades at a lofty price-to-sales ratio of 11.8. That represents a clear premium to gorilla music-streaming threats like Sirius XM Radio (Nasdaq: SIRI ) (4.3), Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL ) (3.4), and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG ) (5.1).
CAPS All-Star TheMiracleDJR elaborates on the Pandora bear case:
Beyond laughable. Cool, well intentioned company, but who the **** has time to sit and listen to songs all day long hoping to find one decent one. I also think songs have an emotional intensity as well as a specific style and I'm not sure that just because two songs each have a flute or similar bass-line that they are all that similar. I think this is an utter disaster as a public company and that it won't exist 5 years from now as one.
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