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Executive Summary

Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. More Details

Snowflake Analysis

Solid track record with adequate balance sheet and pays a dividend.

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Share Price & News

How has Microsoft's share price performed over time and what events caused price changes?

Latest Share Price and Events

Stable Share Price: MSFT is less volatile than 75% of US stocks over the past 3 months, typically moving +/- 4% a week.

Volatility Over Time: MSFT's weekly volatility (4%) has been stable over the past year.

Market Performance

7 Day Return




US Software


US Market

1 Year Return




US Software


US Market

Return vs Industry: MSFT underperformed the US Software industry which returned 39.4% over the past year.

Return vs Market: MSFT exceeded the US Market which returned 21% over the past year.

Shareholder returns

7 Day-3.2%-2.3%-0.9%
30 Day-3.0%-1.3%3.0%
90 Day-3.2%1.3%11.5%
1 Year28.6%27.3%39.4%38.5%22.3%19.6%
3 Year146.5%136.3%124.9%117.8%45.3%35.7%
5 Year345.7%306.7%251.6%233.3%124.8%99.9%

Long-Term Price Volatility Vs. Market

How volatile is Microsoft's share price compared to the market and industry in the last 5 years?

Simply Wall St News


Is Microsoft undervalued compared to its fair value and its price relative to the market?


Undervalued compared to fair value

Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: MSFT ($212.65) is trading below our estimate of fair value ($241.6)

Significantly Below Fair Value: MSFT is trading below fair value, but not by a significant amount.

Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: MSFT is good value based on its PE Ratio (34x) compared to the US Software industry average (58.7x).

PE vs Market: MSFT is poor value based on its PE Ratio (34x) compared to the US market (21.3x).

Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: MSFT is poor value based on its PEG Ratio (3.2x)

Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: MSFT is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (13x) compared to the US Software industry average (9.6x).

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Future Growth

How is Microsoft forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 33 analysts?


Forecasted annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts

Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: MSFT's forecast earnings growth (10.5% per year) is above the savings rate (2%).

Earnings vs Market: MSFT's earnings (10.5% per year) are forecast to grow slower than the US market (21.6% per year).

High Growth Earnings: MSFT's earnings are forecast to grow, but not significantly.

Revenue vs Market: MSFT's revenue (10.4% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (10.2% per year).

High Growth Revenue: MSFT's revenue (10.4% per year) is forecast to grow slower than 20% per year.

Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts

Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: MSFT's Return on Equity is forecast to be high in 3 years time (36.3%)

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Past Performance

How has Microsoft performed over the past 5 years?


Historical annual earnings growth

Earnings and Revenue History

Quality Earnings: MSFT has high quality earnings.

Growing Profit Margin: MSFT's current net profit margins (32.3%) are higher than last year (31.7%).

Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: MSFT's earnings have grown significantly by 27.4% per year over the past 5 years.

Accelerating Growth: MSFT's earnings growth over the past year (15.5%) is below its 5-year average (27.4% per year).

Earnings vs Industry: MSFT earnings growth over the past year (15.5%) exceeded the Software industry 14.3%.

Return on Equity

High ROE: MSFT's Return on Equity (38.5%) is considered high.

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Financial Health

How is Microsoft's financial position?

Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: MSFT's short term assets ($177.1B) exceed its short term liabilities ($70.1B).

Long Term Liabilities: MSFT's short term assets ($177.1B) exceed its long term liabilities ($107.6B).

Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: MSFT's debt to equity ratio (51.5%) is considered high.

Reducing Debt: MSFT's debt to equity ratio has increased from 50.2% to 51.5% over the past 5 years.

Debt Coverage: MSFT's debt is well covered by operating cash flow (104.2%).

Interest Coverage: MSFT's interest payments on its debt are well covered by EBIT (4319.2x coverage).

Balance Sheet

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What is Microsoft current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Current Dividend Yield

Upcoming Dividend Payment

Dividend Yield vs Market

Notable Dividend: MSFT's dividend (1.05%) isn’t notable compared to the bottom 25% of dividend payers in the US market (1.38%).

High Dividend: MSFT's dividend (1.05%) is low compared to the top 25% of dividend payers in the US market (3.84%).

Stability and Growth of Payments

Stable Dividend: MSFT's dividends per share have been stable in the past 10 years.

Growing Dividend: MSFT's dividend payments have increased over the past 10 years.

Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: With its reasonably low payout ratio (33.4%), MSFT's dividend payments are well covered by earnings.

Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: MSFT's dividends in 3 years are forecast to be well covered by earnings (31.6% payout ratio).

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How experienced are the management team and are they aligned to shareholders interests?


Average management tenure


Satya Nadella (53 yo)





Mr. Satya Nadella is Chief Executive Officer and Director of Microsoft Corporation since February 2014. Before being named CEO in February 2014, he held leadership roles in both enterprise and consumer bus...

CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs Market: Satya's total compensation ($USD44.32M) is above average for companies of similar size in the US market ($USD10.54M).

Compensation vs Earnings: Satya's compensation has been consistent with company performance over the past year.

Leadership Team

Satya Nadella
CEO & Director6.92yrsUS$44.32m0.016%
$ 257.4m
Bradford Smith
President & Chief Legal Officer5.33yrsUS$16.67m0.0082%
$ 132.2m
Amy Hood
Executive VP & CFO7.67yrsUS$19.63m0.0046%
$ 73.5m
Jean-Philippe Courtois
Executive VP and President of Microsoft Global Sales4.5yrsUS$13.95m0.0072%
$ 116.2m
Alice Jolla
Corporate VP of Finance & Administration and Chief Accounting Officer0.50yrno data0.00078%
$ 12.5m
J. Scott
CTO and Executive VP of Technology & Research4yrsno datano data
Nick Coleman
Chief Technology Officer2.25yrsno datano data
Vikas Mehta
Director of Investor Relationsno datano datano data
Frank Shaw
Corporate Vice President for Corporate Communications11.42yrsno datano data
Christopher Capossela
Executive VP of Marketing & Consumer Business and Chief Marketing Officer9.75yrsno data0.0014%
$ 23.3m
Keith Dolliver
VP, Deputy General Counsel of Corporate3.58yrsno datano data
Kathleen Hogan
Chief People Officer & Executive VP of Human Resources6.17yrsno data0.0025%
$ 40.2m


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Management: MSFT's management team is seasoned and experienced (5.3 years average tenure).

Board Members

Satya Nadella
CEO & Director6.92yrsUS$44.32m0.016%
$ 257.4m
Arne Sorenson
Independent Director3.17yrsUS$355.00k0.000060%
$ 964.6k
Charles Scharf
Independent Director6.25yrsUS$325.00k0.00055%
$ 8.8m
John Thompson
Independent Chairman6.92yrsUS$485.00k0.00037%
$ 5.9m
John Stanton
Independent Director6.5yrsUS$354.88k0.0011%
$ 17.5m
Reid Hoffman
Independent Director3.83yrsUS$325.00k0.00021%
$ 3.4m
Penny Pritzker
Independent Director3.17yrsUS$347.62k0.00016%
$ 2.6m
Sandra Peterson
Independent Director5.08yrsUS$332.62k0.000070%
$ 1.1m
Padmasree Warrior
Independent Director5.08yrsUS$325.00k0.00015%
$ 2.4m
Hugh Johnston
Independent Director3.33yrsUS$355.23k0.000070%
$ 1.1m
Teri List-Stoll
Independent Director6.25yrsUS$355.00k0.000040%
$ 643.1k
Emma Walmsley
Independent Director1.08yrsUS$162.50k0.000010%
$ 160.8k


Average Tenure


Average Age

Experienced Board: MSFT's board of directors are considered experienced (5.1 years average tenure).


Who are the major shareholders and have insiders been buying or selling?

Insider Trading Volume

Insider Buying: MSFT insiders have only sold shares in the past 3 months.

Recent Insider Transactions

Ownership Breakdown

Dilution of Shares: Shareholders have not been meaningfully diluted in the past year.

Top Shareholders

Company Information

Microsoft Corporation's company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources

Key Information

  • Name: Microsoft Corporation
  • Ticker: MSFT
  • Exchange: NasdaqGS
  • Founded: 1975
  • Industry: Systems Software
  • Sector: Software
  • Market Cap: US$1.608t
  • Shares outstanding: 7.56b
  • Website:

Number of Employees


  • Microsoft Corporation
  • One Microsoft Way
  • Redmond
  • Washington
  • 98052-6399
  • United States


TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
MSFTNasdaqGS (Nasdaq Global Select)YesCommon StockUSUSDMar 1986
MSFTBVL (Bolsa de Valores de Lima)YesCommon StockPEUSDMar 1986
MSFT *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesCommon StockMXMXNMar 1986
MSFDB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesCommon StockDEEURMar 1986
4338SEHK (The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Ltd.)YesCommon StockHKHKDMar 1986
MSFTSWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesCommon StockCHCHFMar 1986
MSFXTRA (XETRA Trading Platform)YesCommon StockDEEURMar 1986
MSFTBVC (Bolsa de Valores de Colombia)YesCommon StockCOCOPMar 1986
MSFTSNSE (Santiago Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockCLUSDMar 1986
0QYPLSE (London Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockGBUSDMar 1986
MS-UETLX (Eurotlx)YesCommon StockITEURMar 1986
951692SWX (SIX Swiss Exchange)YesCommon StockCHUSDMar 1986
MSFTWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesCommon StockATEURMar 1986
MSFENXTBR (Euronext Brussels)YesCommon StockBEUSDMar 1986
US_MSFTKAS (Kazakhstan Stock Exchange)YesCommon StockKZKZTMar 1986
MSFTBASE (Buenos Aires Stock Exchange)CEDEAR EACH 10 REP 1ARARSDec 1999
MSFT34BOVESPA (Bolsa de Valores de Sao Paulo)BDR EACH 24 REP 1 COMBRBRLDec 2011


Microsoft Corporation develops, licenses, and supports software, services, devices, and solutions worldwide. Its Productivity and Business Processes segment offers Office, Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft T...

Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2021/01/16 00:43
End of Day Share Price2021/01/15 00:00
Annual Earnings2020/06/30

Unless specified all financial data is based on a yearly period but updated quarterly. This is known as Trailing Twelve Month (TTM) or Last Twelve Month (LTM) Data. Learn more here.