Based on the aggregated intelligence of 130,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, education provider Corinthian Colleges (NASDAQ:COCO) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Corinthian facts

Headquarters (founded)

Santa Ana, Calif. (1995)

Market Cap

$1.62 billion


Education Services

TTM Revenue

$1.16 billion


CEO Jack Massimino (since 2004)

COO Peter Waller (since 2006)

TTM Price-to-Earnings (COCO and S&P 500)

40.5 and 14.9


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

Over on CAPS, fully 36 of the 60 All-Star members who have rated Corinthian -- or 60% -- believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. Among the entire bearish population are All-Stars bcvz and my Foolish colleague Todd Wenning (TMFPhila).

Three days ago, bcvz tapped the stock as an overpriced way to get into education: "Overvalued no matter how you look at it. Once economy picks up, look for this to drop below 10. Earnings growth down, Free Cash Flow growth down, Cash From Op down."

In December, Todd gave our community his opinion of Corinthian's somewhat sketchy business model:

[T]he return on investment for their programs is terrible. People graduate with thousands of dollars in loans, part of which carry interest rates in the teens, and make between $15-20 an hour on average. This is a desperate company preying on desperate individuals. The CEO himself says the company's primary focus is on fundamentally subprime borrowers and the unemployed. ... They caught a lot of legal heat in 2007, one from the California AG, and the feds raided their Florida schools in October. Funny thing is, a few weeks after the raids they changed their Florida program's name to "Everest College."

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