Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, Indian online services specialist Sify Technologies (Nasdaq: SIFY) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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

Sify facts

Headquarters (Founded) Chennai, India (1995)
Market Cap $312.64 million
Industry Internet software and services
Trailing-12-Month Revenue $151.6 million

Chairman/CEO Raju Vegesna

CFO M. P. Vijay Kumar

Operating Margin (Average, Past 3 Years) (7.2%)
Year-to-Date Return 159%


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

On CAPS, 12% of the 341 members who have rated Sify believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include JackCaps and kanol.

Just last month, JackCaps wrote that Sify bear case all boiled down to price:

Where's the beef? Sify (ryhmes with iffy) Technologies Limited has a stock valuation that has hit a nose-bleed altitude with a high 3 digit PE and flat revenues. This turns my thumb red for SIFY.

Currently, Sify even sports a particularly lofty EV/EBITDA of 45. That represents a clear premium to giant rivals like IBM (8.8), Oracle (12.2), and SAP (11.3).

CAPS member kanol also believes Sify shares have gone way too far, way too fast:

Dangerous stock at the moment, that I am differently bearish on right now. The problem from my point of view with SIFY is not the potential, because the potential is huge, under 10% of the Indian population are on the internet and with the middle class fast growing, and India being one of the BRIC countries, it's easy to see the potential. ...

But there is one huge problem, that is the timing. ... Right now it's just flying on hope, just like [Tesla Motors], but when facts start to come, it will recycle hard, because the timing is not right.

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