By Rob Otman
Splunk (Nasdaq: SPLK) is a large cap company that operates within the software industry. Its market cap is $14 billion today and the total one-year return is 42.96% for shareholders.
Splunk stock is beating the market, and it reports earnings soon. But does that make it a good buy today? To answer this question we’ve turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our research team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.
Our system looks at six key metrics…
✓ Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: Splunk reported a recent EPS growth rate of 47.83%. That’s above the software industry average of -22.94%. That’s a great sign. Splunk’s earnings growth is outpacing competitors.
✗ Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the software industry is 74.73. And Splunk’s ratio comes in at 191.18. Its valuation looks expensive compared to many of its competitors.
✓ Debt-to-Equity: The debt-to-equity ratio for Splunk stock is 0%. That’s below the software industry average of 39.89%. That’s a good sign. Splunk’s debt levels are not out of control.
✗ Free Cash Flow per Share Growth: Splunk has decreased its FCF per share relative to its competitors over the last year. That’s not good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth.
✗ Profit Margins: The profit margin of Splunk comes in at -15.4% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this ratio above competitors. Splunk’s profit margin is below the software average of 7.99%. So that’s a negative indicator for investors.
✗ Return on Equity: Return on equity tells us how much profit a company produces with the money shareholders invest. The ROE for Splunk is -38.87% and that’s below its industry average ROE of 22.63%.
Splunk stock passes two of our six key metrics today. That’s why our Investment U Stock Grader gives it a Hold with Caution.
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Source:: Investment You