2-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Avid Technology?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, audio- and video-editing technologist Avid Technology (NAS: AVID) has received a distressing two-star ranking.

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


Headquarters (founded)

Burlington, Mass. (1987)

Market Cap

$463.0 million


Computer hardware

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$677.9 million


Chairman/CEO Gary Greenfield
CFO Kenneth Sexton

Return on Equity (average, past 3 Years)



$32.9 million / $0


Adobe Systems

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

On CAPS, 30% of the 125 members who have rated Avid believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those bears, fellow Fool Anders Bylund (TMFZahrim), nicely summed up the underperform case for our community:

There's little or no sales growth ahead, and Avid has become a margin story from head to toe. And there's that Apple-made opportunity that seems to be slipping through management's fingers. Adobe, on the other hand, is accelerating.

I think investors will wake up from this euphoric jump to find that Avid's long-term prospects don't measure up. Cost-cutting is a delicate balancing act, and you can't really force customers to flock to your richer-margin products. Focusing on margin growth without destroying the underlying business is very, very hard. It's a risky turnaround plan.

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