Does The Data Make Software Aktiengesellschaft (ETR:SOW) An Attractive Investment?

As an investor, I look for investments which does not compromise one fundamental factor for another. By this I mean, I look at stocks holistically, from their financial health to their future outlook. In the case of Software Aktiengesellschaft (ETR:SOW), it is a company with great financial health as well as a an impressive history of performance. Below is a brief commentary on these key aspects. For those interested in understanding where the figures come from and want to see the analysis, read the full report on Software here.

Flawless balance sheet with solid track record

In the previous year, SOW has ramped up its bottom line by 6.7%, with its latest earnings level surpassing its average level over the last five years. Not only did SOW outperformed its past performance, its growth also surpassed the Software industry expansion, which generated a 6.6% earnings growth. This is what investors like to see! SOW is financially robust, with ample cash on hand and short-term investments to meet upcoming liabilities. This suggests prudent control over cash and cost by management, which is a key determinant of the company’s health. SOW seems to have put its debt to good use, generating operating cash levels of 0.56x total debt in the most recent year. This is also a good indication as to whether debt is properly covered by the company’s cash flows.

XTRA:SOW Income Statement Export January 2nd 19
XTRA:SOW Income Statement Export January 2nd 19

Next Steps:

For Software, there are three essential factors you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for SOW’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for SOW’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is SOW worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether SOW is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of SOW? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

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