Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online professional network operator LinkedIn
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at LinkedIn's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Mountain View, Calif. (2002)|
|Market Cap||$8.34 billion|
|Industry||Internet information providers|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$292.3 million|
Co-Founder/Chairman Reid Hoffman
CEO Jeffrey Weiner
|Trailing-12-Month Net Income Margin||5.4%|
|Cash/Debt||$106.06 million / $0|
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 90% of the 678 members who have rated LinkedIn believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include Fool Rich Smith (TMFDitty) and kurtdabear, both of whom are ranked in the top 15% of our community.
In fact, LinkedIn currently sports an outrageous EV/EBITDA ratio of almost 100. That obviously represents a massive premium to fellow professional community operator Dice Holdings
CAPS All-Star kurtdabear expands on the LinkedIn underperform argument:
Betting against IPO's is nearly a sure thing: Recent averages have shown that 90% are worth less on their first anniversary than they were on the day they went public. When you get a big-name tech company with practically no earnings, odds are pretty good that things will be going south soon -- especially when the CEO is warning that LNKD will lose money this year. Google this ain't.
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