Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online restaurant reservation service OpenTable
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at OpenTable's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||San Francisco (1998)|
|Market Cap||$1.99 billion|
|Industry||Internet software and services|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$98.99 million|
CEO Jeffrey Jordan (since 2007)
CFO Matthew Roberts (since 2005)
|Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)||7.3%|
|Cash/Debt||$42.5 million / $0|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Just last month, iamvoltron noted that the OpenTable bear case all boiled down to price:
[OpenTable] at 2 billion is overvalued, the room is still open for competition. As others suggested, social networks rating the restaurants might be more useful (all sort of mobile phone apps rating restaurants near you). These can undercut [OpenTable] in pricing and not charge per reservation.
In fact, OpenTable sports a particularly lofty P/E of 149. That's even more expensive than high-P/E Internet picks like Amazon.com
CAPS member showmethefacts also expressed huge reservations over OpenTable:
This stock is now wildly overvalued, with its share price driven by speculators watching charts instead of value. This ALWAYS end badly and when "the market" senses the run is over, a lot of people are going to lose 50% or more of their money practically overnight. As we learned in 2000, there is no "new paradigm." P/E DOES matter. Trees do not grow to the sky. This is a great little company, but share price has wildly overshot any rational projection of earnings.
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