NYSE:SQ

Stock Analysis Report

Executive Summary

Square, Inc. provides payment and point-of-sale solutions in the United States and internationally.

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Fundamentals

Exceptional growth potential with adequate balance sheet.


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Share Price & News

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


Latest Share Price and Events


Market Performance


7 Day Return

-8.0%

SQ

-4.6%

US IT

0.07%

US Market


1 Year Return

-20.6%

SQ

19.0%

US IT

8.9%

US Market

Return vs Industry: SQ underperformed the US IT industry which returned 19% over the past year.

Return vs Market: SQ underperformed the US Market which returned 8.9% over the past year.


Shareholder returns

SQIndustryMarket
7 Day-8.0%-4.6%0.07%
30 Day1.5%-3.7%-0.3%
90 Day-28.7%-7.8%-1.6%
1 Year-20.6%-20.6%20.2%19.0%11.3%8.9%
3 Year423.4%423.4%88.3%80.6%46.3%36.8%
5 Yearn/a136.9%115.2%62.1%44.3%

Price Volatility Vs. Market

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


Simply Wall St News

Valuation

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

0.04%

Undervalued compared to fair value


Share Price vs. Fair Value

Below Fair Value: SQ ($58.36) is trading above our estimate of fair value ($58.39)

Significantly Below Fair Value: SQ is trading above our estimate of fair value.


Price To Earnings Ratio

PE vs Industry: SQ is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the IT industry average.

PE vs Market: SQ is unprofitable, so we can't compare its PE Ratio to the US market.


Price to Earnings Growth Ratio

PEG Ratio: Insufficient data to calculate SQ's PEG Ratio to determine if it is good value.


Price to Book Ratio

PB vs Industry: SQ is overvalued based on its PB Ratio (21x) compared to the US IT industry average (4.2x).


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Future Growth

How is Square forecast to perform in the next 1 to 3 years based on estimates from 32 analysts?

65.0%

Forecasted annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue Growth Forecasts


Analyst Future Growth Forecasts

Earnings vs Savings Rate: SQ is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered faster growth than the savings rate (2.7%).

Earnings vs Market: SQ is forecast to become profitable over the next 3 years, which is considered above average market growth.

High Growth Earnings: SQ's is expected to become profitable in the next 3 years.

Revenue vs Market: SQ's revenue (21.3% per year) is forecast to grow faster than the US market (7.2% per year).

High Growth Revenue: SQ's revenue (21.3% per year) is forecast to grow faster than 20% per year.


Earnings per Share Growth Forecasts


Future Return on Equity

Future ROE: SQ's Return on Equity is forecast to be very high in 3 years time (65.2%).


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Past Performance

How has Square performed over the past 5 years?

33.5%

Historical annual earnings growth


Earnings and Revenue History


Past Earnings Growth Analysis

Earnings Trend: SQ is unprofitable, but has reduced losses over the past 5 years at a rate of 33.5% per year.

Accelerating Growth: Unable to compare SQ's earnings growth over the past year to its 5-year average as it is currently unprofitable

Earnings vs Industry: SQ is unprofitable, making it difficult to compare its past year earnings growth to the IT industry (9.8%).


Return on Equity

High ROE: SQ has a negative Return on Equity (-4.51%), as it is currently unprofitable.


Return on Assets

ROA vs Industry: SQ is currently unprofitable, so its Return on Assets is negative.


Return on Capital Employed

ROCE Improving: SQ is currently unprofitable, so its Return on Capital Employed is negative.


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Financial Health

How is Square's financial position?


Financial Position Analysis

Short Term Liabilities: SQ's short term assets ($3.5B) exceeds its short term liabilities ($2.4B)

Long Term Liabilities: SQ's short term assets (3.5B) exceeds its long term liabilities (1.1B)


Debt to Equity History and Analysis

Debt Level: SQ's debt to equity ratio (77.6%) is considered high

Reducing Debt: SQ's debt to equity ratio has increased from 6.9% to 77.6% over the past 5 years.


Balance Sheet

Inventory Level: SQ has a low level of unsold assets or inventory.

Debt Coverage by Assets: SQ's debt is covered by short term assets (assets are 3.8x debt).


Cash Runway Analysis

For companies that have on average been loss making in the past we assess whether they have at least 1 year of cash runway.

Stable Cash Runway: Whilst unprofitable SQ has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years if it maintains its current positive free cash flow level.

Forecast Cash Runway: SQ is unprofitable but has sufficient cash runway for more than 3 years, due to free cash flow being positive and growing by 78.8% per year.


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Dividend

What is Square's current dividend yield, its reliability and sustainability?


Dividend Yield vs Market

companyn/amarketbottom25%1.4%markettop25%3.7%industryaverage1.3%forecastin3Years0%

Current dividend yield vs market & industry


Stability and Growth of Payments

Notable Dividend: Unable to evaluate SQ's dividend yield against the bottom 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.

High Dividend: Unable to evaluate SQ's dividend yield against the top 25% of dividend payers, as the company has not reported any payouts.

Stable Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if SQ's dividends per share have been stable in the past.

Growing Dividend: Insufficient data to determine if SQ's dividend payments have been increasing.


Current Payout to Shareholders

Dividend Coverage: Insufficient data to calculate payout ratio to determine if its dividend payments are covered by earnings.


Future Payout to Shareholders

Future Dividend Coverage: No need to calculate the sustainability of SQ's dividend in 3 years as they are not forecast to pay a notable one for the US market.


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Management

What is the CEO of Square's salary, the management and board of directors tenure and is there insider trading?

3.6yrs

Average management tenure


CEO

Jack Dorsey (42yo)

10.3yrs

Tenure

US$3

Compensation

Mr. Jack Dorsey Co-founded Square, Inc. in February 2009 and has been its Chief Executive Officer and President since July 2009. Mr. Dorsey Co-founded Twitter, Inc. in 2006 and has been its Chief Executive ...


CEO Compensation Analysis

Compensation vs. Market: Jack's total compensation ($USD3.00) is too low to compare against companies of similar size in the US market ($USD11.18M).

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


Management Age and Tenure

3.6yrs

Average Tenure

49yo

Average Age

Experienced Management: SQ's management team is considered experienced (3.6 years average tenure).


Board Age and Tenure

6.3yrs

Average Tenure

57yo

Average Age

Experienced Board: SQ's board of directors are considered experienced (6.3 years average tenure).


Insider Trading

Insider Buying: Insufficient data to determine if insiders have bought more shares than they have sold in the past 3 months.


Recent Insider Transactions

SellUS$837,08805 Dec 18
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
EntityCompany
Shares11,719
Max PriceUS$71.43

Ownership Breakdown


Management Team

  • Jackie Reses (49yo)

    Square Capital Lead

    • Tenure: 4yrs
    • Compensation: US$3.97m
  • Jack Dorsey (42yo)

    Chairman

    • Tenure: 10.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$3.00
  • Jim McKelvey (54yo)

    Co-Founder & Director

    • Tenure: 10.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$290.04k
  • Alyssa Henry (49yo)

    Seller Lead

    • Tenure: 5yrs
    • Compensation: US$3.87m
  • Aaron Zamost

    Communications & Policy Lead and People Lead

    • Tenure: 0yrs
  • Sivan Whiteley (42yo)

    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary

    • Tenure: 1.6yrs
    • Compensation: US$2.80m
  • Ajmere Dale (49yo)

    Chief Accounting Officer

    • Tenure: 3.2yrs
  • Jason Gao

    Assistant Secretary

    • Tenure: 0yrs
  • Jason Lee

    Head of Investor Relations

    • Tenure: 0yrs
  • Amrita Ahuja (39yo)

    CFO & Treasurer

    • Tenure: 0.8yrs

Board Members

  • David Viniar (64yo)

    Lead Independent Director

    • Tenure: 0yrs
    • Compensation: US$382.61k
  • Roelof Botha (46yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 8.8yrs
    • Compensation: US$305.12k
  • Ruth Simmons (74yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 4.2yrs
    • Compensation: US$300.13k
  • Paul Deighton (63yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 3.4yrs
    • Compensation: US$295.00k
  • Larry Summers (64yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 8.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$300.89k
  • Mary Meeker (60yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 8.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$305.12k
  • Jack Dorsey (42yo)

    Chairman

    • Tenure: 10.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$3.00
  • Jim McKelvey (54yo)

    Co-Founder & Director

    • Tenure: 10.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$290.04k
  • Naveen Rao (43yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 2.1yrs
    • Compensation: US$294.99k
  • Randy Garutti (44yo)

    Independent Director

    • Tenure: 2.3yrs
    • Compensation: US$292.50k

Company Information

Square, Inc.'s company bio, employee growth, exchange listings and data sources


Key Information

  • Name: Square, Inc.
  • Ticker: SQ
  • Exchange: NYSE
  • Founded: 2009
  • Industry: Data Processing and Outsourced Services
  • Sector: Software
  • Market Cap: US$24.927b
  • Shares outstanding: 427.13m
  • Website: https://www.squareup.com

Number of Employees


Location

  • Square, Inc.
  • 1455 Market Street
  • Suite 600
  • San Francisco
  • California
  • 94103
  • United States

Listings

TickerExchangePrimary SecuritySecurity TypeCountryCurrencyListed on
SQNYSE (New York Stock Exchange)YesClass A Common StockUSUSDNov 2015
SQ3DB (Deutsche Boerse AG)YesClass A Common StockDEEURNov 2015
0L95LSE (London Stock Exchange)YesClass A Common StockGBUSDNov 2015
SQ *BMV (Bolsa Mexicana de Valores)YesClass A Common StockMXMXNNov 2015
SQUWBAG (Wiener Boerse AG)YesClass A Common StockATEURNov 2015

Biography

Square, Inc. provides payment and point-of-sale solutions in the United States and internationally. The company’s commerce ecosystem includes point-of-sale software and hardware that offers sellers to paym ...


Company Analysis and Financial Data Status

All financial data provided by Standard & Poor's Capital IQ.
DataLast Updated (UTC time)
Company Analysis2019/10/24 00:27
End of Day Share Price2019/10/23 00:00
Earnings2019/06/30
Annual Earnings2018/12/31


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.