Why Manchester United is Poised to Flop


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, English soccer club operator Manchester United has received the dreaded one-star ranking.

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

Manchester Unitedfacts

Headquarters (founded)

Manchester, United Kingdom (1990)

Market Cap

$2.5 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$518.9 million


CEO David Gill

COO Michael Bolingbroke

Trailing-12-Month Operating Margin



$84.4 million / $610.3 million


Arsenal Holdings

Chelsea FC

The Liverpool Football Club and Athletic Grounds

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

On CAPS, 51% of the 782 members who have rated Manchester United believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Earlier this week, one of those Fools, All-Star joryko, wrote that the Manchester United bear case all boiled down to price:

Profitable? Yes.

Growth Story? Not so much.

Will everybody get their cut of the pie before shareholders? Essentially.

Priced like a growth stock, but no true growth story. Just can't see it beating the market over the long haul.

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