1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Inhibitex?


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, biopharmaceutical company Inhibitex (NAS: INHX) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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


Headquarters (Founded)

Alpharetta, Ga. (1994)

Market Cap

$1.1 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$2.1 million


CEO/CFO Russell Plumb
Founder/Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Joseph Patti

Return on Equity (Average, Past 3 Years)



$52.7 million / $386.7 thousand


Gilead Sciences (NAS: GILD)
GlaxoSmithKline (NYS: GSK)
Merck (NYS: MRK)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 57% of the 120 members who have rated Inhibitex believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bears include jed71 and fellow Fool Sean Williams (TMFUltraLong), who is ranked in the top 0.5% of our community.

Just last week, jed71 touched on Inhibitex's seemingly unsustainable price run: "This might be the fastest 30-40 points I ever make in [CAPS]. I am anticipating a fast and very harsh pullback, when shareholders finally realize how overbought this issue is."

In fact, Inhibitex sports an astronomical price-to-sales multiple of 514. That's obviously a massive premium to larger rivals Gilead (3.6), Glaxo (5.2), and Merck (2.2).

CAPS All-Star TMFUltraLong elaborates on the Inhibitex bear case:

Definitely not feeling the Tulipmania buzz in the hepatitis C sector. Couldn't stand the premium that Gilead ponied up for Pharmasset and see even less of a chance of that happening to Inhibitex. Not even out of phase 2 clinical trials, yet a market cap north of $1.1 billion makes little sense to me. Plenty of competition already out there with significantly more cash than Inhibitex. This is a flash in the pan if you ask me.

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