Why Herbalife Is Poised to Underperform


Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, nutritional-supplement network marketing company Herbalife has received an alarming one-star ranking.

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

Herbalife facts

Headquarters (founded)

Los Angeles, Calif. (1980)

Market Cap

$4.0 billion


Personal products

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$4.1 billion


Chairman/CEO Michael Johnson

CFO John DeSimone

Return on Capital (average, past 3 years)



$333.5 million/$489.6 million

Dividend Yield




GNC Holdings

Wal-Mart Stores

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

On CAPS, 32% of the 654 members who have rated Herbalife believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, All-Star Brettmj, succinctly summed up the Herbalife bear case for our community: "Overpriced products, even if it isn't classified as a pyramid scheme this one will die off. [Underperform call] might go into the red for awhile but eventually people will come around to much better cheaper alternatives that don't have questionable sales tactics."

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