Editor’s Note: The CAPS pitches that appeared in the original version of this article have been edited. The pitches suggested that UQM would offer or had offered new shares at around half of its current share price, although the offering price has yet to be determined.

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, permanent magnet electric motor maker UQM Technologies (NYSE:UQM) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

UQM facts

Headquarters (founded)

Frederick, Colo. (1967)

Market Cap

$124.7 million


Electrical Components and Equipment

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$9.1 million


CEO William Rankin (since 1999)

CFO Donald French (since 1987)

Return on Equity (average, last three years)


Year-to-Date Return



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

Over on CAPS, fully 11 of the 42 members who have rated UQM -- some 26% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include cashsage and All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 1% of our community.

Three weeks ago, cashsage tapped the stock as a diluted opportunity:

UQM has a too high valuation compared to its sales potential. It is also loss making at least until 2011. If ever it becomes profitable in 2012, current shareholders will get about one third less of their share of hypothetic future profits. UQM actually just filed a 15 million share sale offering on 30.07.2009. 

In a pitch from two days ago, TSIF echoes that bearish sentiment:

Recent military orders from the government for $2.77 Million and orders from an electric car company will help it get established. In the short run, however, these are minimal compared to the current 52 week high of their stock. With negative cash flow, the 14x book value is over rating UQM's value for at least the next two years. ... How dilutive will UQM be when/if they are finally profitable?

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. Johnson & Johnson is a Motley Fool Income Investor pick. Suntech is a recommendation of Rule Breakers. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.