Based on the aggregated intelligence of 170,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, car sharing network operator Zipcar
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Zipcar's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (Founded)||Cambridge, Mass. (2000)|
|Market Cap||$935.9 million|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$202 million|
Chairman/CEO Scott Griffith
President/COO Mark Norman
|Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity||(19.2%)|
|Cash/Debt||$37.8 million / $94.7 million|
Hertz Global Holdings
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 32% of the 207 members who have rated Zipcar believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include All-Star TSIF, who is ranked in the top 0.1% of our community, and kylehusky.
Earlier this week, TSIF tapped the stock as a questionable long-term opportunity: "I've played ZipCar before, I might get burned for awhile, but competition is growing from rental car companies and the market overall is limited."
Currently, Zipcar even sports a lofty price-to-cash flow of 36.4. That represents a clear premium to listed rival Hertz (3.0), as well as other car rental plays like Avis Budget
CAPS member kylehusky elaborates on the Zipcar bear case:
The stock is grossly overvalued:
- Unimpressive financial performance
- More debt and/or equity financing will likely be needed
- Business prospects are uncertain
- Competition is intensifying -- Connect by Hertz is the main threat
Current hype is based on the investors' undue optimism and is predicated on the belief that the ZIP business model is easily scalable and growth will be rapid and substantial. For the reasons stated above I believe this not to be the case.
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