1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Carbonite?

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online backup solutions specialist Carbonite (NAS: CARB) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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


Headquarters (founded)

Boston (2005)

Market Cap

$233.8 million


Internet software and services

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$66.2 million


Co-Founder/Chairman/CEO David Friend
CFO Andrew Keenan

Trailing-12-Month Return on Capital



$68.1 million / $0



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

On CAPS, 47% of the 36 members who have rated Carbonite believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

A couple of weeks ago, one of those Fools, All-Star BlacknGold, touched on Carbonite's seemingly unsustainable valuation:

With a fair book value of $0.78 this company is greatly overvalued. The red ink continues to get darker each quarter and shareholders' equity stands at only $20 million as of 1Q12. Furthermore, their product is easily replicated (no moat or competitive advantage). Should be an easy red-thumb target.

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