Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, SLM Corp. (NYSE:SLM), the parent of student lender Sallie Mae, has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

SLM facts

Headquarters (founded)

Reston, Va. (1972)

Market Cap

$3.81 billion


Credit Services

Trailing-12-Month (TTM) Revenue

$756.6 million


Vice Chairman/CEO Albert Lord

Vice Chairman/CFO John Remondi

Return on Equity (average, last five years and TTM)

20.7% and (2.6%)

3-Month Return



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Over on CAPS, fully 95 of the 490 members who have rated SLM -- some 19% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include cashsage and fmahnke, both of whom are ranked in the top 10% of our community.

Last month, cashsage refused to lend SLM any support: "SLM has one of the most illiquid balance sheets. It is also loss making. Its customers, mostly students, are among the least solvent among the population."

In a pitch from last week, fmahnke also tapped the stock as one that lends itself to trouble:

I'm concerned about the student lending business in general. Although it is difficult to discharge these loans in bankruptcy, they are largely uncollateralized and can be deferred almost indefinitely for a wide variety of circumstances. In a macro economic environment characterized by rising unemployment, I think it could be difficult to collect to these loans. [Sallie Mae] may find that cash flow on these loans may not be as consistent as their schedule debt repayment and preferred stock repayment obligations.

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