When stock prices are falling, the best mindset to have is a long term one. High quality stocks such as DXC Technology Company has fared well over time in a fickle stock market, which is why I want to bring it into light amongst all the chaos. Below I take a look at three key features of what makes a robust defensive stock investment: its size, financial health and track record.
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DXC Technology Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides information technology services and solutions primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Established in 1959, and led by CEO John Lawrie, the company provides employment to 150.00k people and with the market cap of US$18b, it falls under the large-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.
With US$7.0b debt on its books, DXC Technology has to pay interest periodically. This means it needs to have enough cash on hand to meet these upcoming expenses. With an interest coverage ratio of 14.45x, DXC Technology produces sufficient earnings (EBIT) to cover its interest payments. Anything above 3x is considered safe practice. Moreover, its cash flows from operations copiously covers it debt by 37%, above the safe minimum of 20%. Not to mention, it meets the basic liquidity requirement with current assets exceeding liabilities, which further builds on its financial strength in the face of a volatile market.
DXC’s profit growth over the previous five years has been positive, with an average annual rate of 29%, outpacing the industry growth rate of 13%. It has also returned an ROE of 17% recently, above the industry return of 15%. This continuous market outperformance demonstrates a strong track record of delivering robust returns over many years, raising my confidence in DXC Technology as a long-term hold.
Next Steps:Whether you’re convinced or not, the key takeaway here is that every stock gets hit in a bear market, but not every stock deserves the blow. When prices are dropping like flies, now is the time to do your research and buy at a discount. DXC Technology tick the boxes in terms of its scale, financial health and proven track record, but there are a few other things I have yet to consider. Below I’ve compiled a list of factors for you to continue your reading before you buy:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for DXC’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for DXC’s outlook.
- Valuation: What is DXC 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 DXC is currently mispriced by the market.
- 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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