Pegasystems trades at a forward P/E of 22 times. This is a conservative valuation given that Pegasystems is a technology company. For example, salesforce.com, inc.(NYSE:CRM) trades at 60 times forward P/E. A well-established SAP trades at 19 times forward P/E. Analysts’ full year 2013 earnings estimates for Pegasystems have risen 7.6% during the last 90 days. It reflects the company’s flexible strategy. Meanwhile, estimates for SAP have dropped 2% and estimates for Salesforce.com have stayed unchanged.
Technology stocks are rarely dividend-rich, and Pegasystems is not an exception. Its dividend yields a minuscule 0.37%. SAP’s dividend yields 1.07%, and Salesforce.com does not pay dividends. Pegasystems is trading at a relatively high 5.1 price-to-book, but it does not seem such high when we look at Salesforce.com’s P/B of 9.
Pegasystems is an attractive stock in the business optimization software world. While a lot of stocks have gotten to sky-high valuations, Pegasystems is valued conservatively. The company has a smart strategy that enables it take part in the possible growth of its competitors. The company has zero debt, which is good for financial stability. I do not expect explosive growth from Pegasystems. Instead, it would deliver stable results and profitability. Not bad in a world of shrinking budgets, right?
Vladimir Zernov has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Pegasystems and Salesforce.com. Vladimir is a member of The Motley Fool Blog Network — entries represent the personal opinion of the blogger and are not formally edited.
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