Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, internet-based software provider (NYSE:CRM) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Headquarters (Founded)

San Francisco (1999)

Market Cap

$4.78 Billion


Application Software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$1.13 Billion


Co-Founder/CEO Marc Benioff

CFO Graham Smith

Return on Equity (Average, Past Three Years)


TTM Price-to-Earnings (CRM and Industry)

92.8 and 28.3





CAPS Members Bearish on CRM Also Bearish on (NASDAQ:AMZN)

CAPS Members Bullish on CRM Also Bullish on



Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 415 of the 923 members who have rated -- some 45% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Star SuperPicks, who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community, and funkywizard.

Late last month, SuperPicks wrote that the bear case all boiled down to price:

Short candy. My modified future earnings book value estimate is 700m for this company tops. At market value well above $4 billion today, well let's see, that's about 5 times book value at least.

In a pitch from earlier in the year, funkywizard shares that same bearish sentiment:

Although I'm not aware of any issues on the demand side for their service, I feel their current valuation is unsustainable. … I think it won't take much for people to decide a PE of 50-90 is overpriced and get out before others realize the same. With the mantra of permanent growth being the justification for such PE's in the past, it will only take a couple quarters of little to no growth in the overall economy before a change in growth expectations brings stock PE's into the high single digits on average. Will this stock drop in the next year or two? I certainly expect so.

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