Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, network solutions specialist Acme Packet (Nasdaq: APKT) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Acme Packet facts

Headquarters (Founded) Burlington, Mass. (2000)
Market Cap $4.36 billion
Industry Communications equipment
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $231.23 million

Co-Founder/CEO Andrew Ory

Co-Founder/Chief Technology Officer Patrick MeLampy

Return on Equity (Average Past 3 Years) 11.3%
Cash/Debt $270.69 million / $0

Cisco Systems (Nasdaq: CSCO)

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR)

Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS)

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

On CAPS, 16% of the 537 members who have rated Acme Packet believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include buffalonate and 2good2betrue.

Just two weeks ago, buffalonate summed up the Acme Packet bear case in just two words: "Drastically overpriced."

In fact, Acme Packet currently trades at a lofty price-to-cash flow of 82.6. That represents a clear premium to competitors Cisco (9.5), Juniper (26), and Sonus (54.3).

CAPS member 2good2betrue elaborates on the bear case:

Great product, great technical people, and proven leadership have finally added up for investors -- evident from recent major moves of the stock ... However, all these gains have not come with significant increases in revenue. ... [F]olks like [Sonus] and [Cisco] are increasingly gaining on [Acme Packet], lowering their product margins, and incorporating similar technology into their big iron. ... Looking for [Acme] to take a haircut here and then fall back to a very slow but steady growth. ... Keep an eye on this one, but you would be crazy to buy it in the 60s...

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