Zipcar’s growth and why it can’t get any love from the street


The market was not in love with Zipcar’s Q1 earnings, which drove the share price down 10 percent this morning. Zipcar actually did alright with 23 percent year to year subscriber growth (709,000 total subs), 22 percent revenue growth, and CEO Scott Griffith’s reassurance that the car sharing leader was on track to “deliver our first full year of US GAAP net income” in 2012.

The last year has been a bloodbath for Zipcar’s share price as it’s been more than cut in half, and with estimates that the company will turn in 12 cents a share this year in net income, it would need a very high 100X price to earning multiple to justify even its current price.

Now none of these metrics actually matter to Wall Street as long as you show aggressive growth without too much long term risk. And with everyone jumping into car sharing (most notably Hertz, which will bring a few hundred thousand cars online soon) along with good but not great growth, one can start to see how the street has lost its excitement for Zip.

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