Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, VoIP business phone service specialist 8x8 (NAS: EGHT) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at 8x8's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
Sunnyvale, Calif. (1987)
Chairman/CEO Bryan Martin
CFO Daniel Weirich
Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)
$18.9 million / $0
AT&T (NYS: T)
Verizon Communications (NYS: VZ)
Vonage (NYS: VG)
Sources: Capital IQ (a division of Standard & Poor's) and Motley Fool CAPS.
Earlier this summer, BrentCarey touched on 8x8's cloud computing niche: "[T]he need for this type of service makes strong sense in the small to medium size business market, particularly in a down economy, and management appears to be managing growth just fine."
Over the next five years, in fact, 8x8 is even expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 27.5% annually. That's much faster than that of rivals like AT&T (3.8%), Verizon (8.7%), and Vonage (2.5%).
CAPS member StephenSchub elaborates on the 8x8 bull case:
The management seems to be applying a symbiotic approach. They are moving into a "little guy in business" niche, with high quality and reliability in communications for businesses. They seem to be focused on saving the customer money while delivering just what is needed for efficient communications. Their stock is moving upward even on days when the market slumps.
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