Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, customer relations management (CRM) software specialist salesforce.com
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at salesforce.com's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||San Francisco (1999)|
|Market Cap||$18.13 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$1.55 billion|
Co-Founder/CEO Marc Benioff
CFO Graham Smith
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||8.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$769.85 million / $494.8 million|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 46% of the 1,541 members who have rated salesforce.com believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Star btown819, who is ranked in the top 5% of our community, and manolosalceda.
Late last year, btown819 wrote that salesforce.com's "valuation is a bit ahead of itself and assumes one of the more rosy potential scenarios over the next 5 years or so." Our CAPS All-Star concludes: "This implies market returns at best, and below-market returns in a less than best-case scenario. I'll take these odds."
In fact, salesforce.com currently trades at a lofty forward P/E of 96.2, representing a substantial premium to gorilla rivals IBM
CAPS member manolosalceda elaborates on the bull case:
Good product, good company but ridiculous valuation. I think the web has great potential for a lot of products and services but people [are] starting to lose focus again. I mean, it's not dotcom bubble revisited but a lot of people [are] starting to give too high valuations to companies related to the cloud. This one [has] been the most extreme.
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