Why You Should Buy Teradyne, Inc. (NASDAQ:TER) In This Bear Market

When stocks are plummeting in price, it’s hard to start buying into all the uncertainty. But a disciplined long term investor knows there’s no better time to buy than right now. And I’m not talking about buying into speculative, high-risk stocks. I’m talking about the well-proven, robust track record Teradyne, Inc.. Why? Size. Financial health. Proven performance.

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Teradyne, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports automatic test equipment worldwide. Started in 1960, and led by CEO Mark Jagiela, the company currently employs 4.90k people and with the company’s market cap sitting at US$6.6b, it falls under the mid-cap category. Size matters. The bigger the company is, the more well-resourced it is. The more money it produces from its operations which means it is less reliant on external funding. When times are bad in the market, being self-sufficient is extremely important as you can continue to operate at your own pace. Therefore, large cap companies are a great bet to invest in when you’re heading to the bottom of the cycle.

NASDAQGS:TER Historical Debt January 29th 19
NASDAQGS:TER Historical Debt January 29th 19

Teradyne currently has US$380m debt on its books which requires regular servicing. This means it needs to have sufficient cash-on-hand to meet upcoming interest expenses. With an interest coverage ratio of 37.65x, Teradyne produces sufficient earnings (EBIT) to cover its interest payments. Anything above 3x is considered safe practice. Furthermore, its cash flows from operations copiously covers it debt by 126%, which is higher than the bare minimum requirement of 20%. And, a given, its liquidity ratio holds up well with cash and other liquid assets exceeding upcoming liabilities, meaning TER’s financial strength will continue to let it thrive in a fickle market.

NASDAQGS:TER Income Statement Export January 29th 19
NASDAQGS:TER Income Statement Export January 29th 19

TER’s year-on-year earnings growth has been positive over the past five years, with an average annual growth rate of 17%, outperfoming the market growth rate of 12%. It has also returned an ROE of 30% recently, above the industry return of 16%. Teradyne’s strong performance over time is a demonstration of its ability to grow through cycles, raising my confidence in the company as a long-term investment.

Next Steps:

Based on these three factors, TER makes for a strong long-term investment in the face of a fickle stock market. If you’re a risk averse investor, lining your portfolio with proven companies you’re willing to buy more and more of as the price falls, is a good strategy to build your wealth over the long run. This is the beginning of your research, but before you decide to buy TER, I highly urge you to understand more about the company, in particular, in these following areas:
  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for TER’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for TER’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is TER 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 TER is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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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