LinkedIn Looks Richly Valued, Barron’s Says (LNKD, QPSA, RENN, SINA, UNTD)
Shares of LinkedIn (LNKD), the social networking site for professionals, are fractionally higher today despite comments from Barron’s that due to the newly public stock’s lofty valuation, there may be more downside to come. Those comments followed JPMorgan’s downgrade of LinkedIn on Monday to “neutral” with an $85 price target, which is well below where the shares currently trade.
The news is providing a stumbling block for the Social Networking Stocks Index, which is lower by 0.3%. LinkedIn shares have jumped 57% in the past month. With a $10 billion market capitalization, LinkedIn trades at 41 times 2010 revenue of $243 million and 618 times 2010 earnings of 17 cents a share, according to Barron’s.
Numbers like that add fuel to the valuation argument, especially when considering LinkedIn isn’t expected to be profitable this year. Even if the company earns the expected 32 cents a share in 2012, that would mean it currently trades at 328 times those earnings, Barron’s reported. The magazine advocated waiting to purchase LinkedIn shares until the company proves it can be profitable.
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