1-Star Stocks Poised to Plunge: Pandora?


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, online radio company Pandora Media (NYS: P) has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Pandora facts

Headquarters (founded)

Oakland, Calif. (2000)

Market Cap

$1.7 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$338.4 million


Chairman/CEO Joseph Kennedy
Founder/Chief Strategy Officer Timothy Westergren

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$82.3 million / $0


CBS Radio
Clear Channel Communications
Sirius XM Radio

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

On CAPS, 27% of the 33 members who have rated Pandora believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just last week, one of those Fools, TMFNoCeilings, succinctly summed up the bear case for our community:

Pandora makes an outstanding product ... nothing speaks more to that than its constantly growing listener base. Unfortunately, the economics of its business are just too ugly to ignore -- when you're spending almost 60% of your revenue just to pay for the songs that give you the opportunity to air the adds that earn you some revenue, it's never a pretty picture. Not to mention: revenue per thousand listening hours (RPM) is dropping fast thanks to the mobile switch, and there are more than a few deep-pocketed competitors ready to step in should Pandora finagle itself more attractive royalty fees at some point in the future. Again, love the service ... but not the stock.

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