Based on the aggregated intelligence of 135,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Delta facts

Headquarters (founded)

Atlanta, Ga. (1924)

Market Cap

$5.29 billion



TTM Revenue

$26.1 billion


CEO Richard Anderson (since 2007)
CFO Hank Halter (since 2008)

Return on Capital (average, last three years)


Cash / Debt

$4.9 billion / $16.6 billion


LAN Airlines (NYSE:LFL)

CAPS members bearish on DAL also bearish on

US Airways (NYSE:LCC)

CAPS members bullish on DAL also bullish on

General Electric (NYSE:GE)
Citigroup (NYSE:C)

Sources: Capital IQ, a division of Standard & Poor's, and Motley Fool CAPS. TTM = trailing 12 months.

Over on CAPS, 359 of the 823 members who have rated Delta -- 44% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include ukdaytrader1234 and Swigz.

Late last month, ukdaytrader1234 explained why the stock would likely stay grounded:

Heavy debt. [D]id not make substantial amount even in the good years. Earnings don't justify valuation given the size of its debt. Intangibles relatively high -- may need to be written off to a greater extent.

In a rant from one month earlier, Swigz looks at Delta from a passenger's perspective:

The lines for customer service for people missing connections were almost a football field long at every airport I landed at. They lost my bags and told me they would deliver them that night, but did not deliver it until the next night. ...

I have a hard time believing that an airline with constant delays and terrible customer service has too good of a future. Now I know this pitch has nothing to do about the numbers, but I believe if you want to know about the future of a company you should go and actually see the company in action. ... Delta needs to get their act together soon because I am seeing less and less repeat customers. ...

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Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.