Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) trades for just 13.2 times forward earnings and is expected to grow its earnings by just over 6% annually going forward. Additionally, the company pays a very nice dividend yield of over 2.6%, and they have raised the payout every year in recent history. Also worth considering is that Microsoft has over $51 billion in net cash on its balance sheet (cash minus debt), which represents more than 17% of their market cap. So, not only does Microsoft have all of the characteristics of a great long-term investment, but they are actually pretty cheap right now.
Oracle: The Enterprise Software King
Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL) is a leading provider of software for enterprises, and also produces some hardware. Oracle is in the process of shifting their business model to software-as-a-service (SaaS) computing, and the company has been acquiring several smaller cloud-computing software companies to help with this transition. Over the past year alone, Oracle has acquired cloud-based companies RightNow ($1.5 billion), Taleo ($1.9 billion), and Eloqua ($900 million).
Oracle may be a good compromise between growth and stability. At 13.8 times current fiscal year earnings (2013), Oracle is projected to grow its earnings by 9% next year and 9.6% in the following year, which is excellent growth for such a low P/E. Oracle, like Microsoft, also has a very significant stockpile of cash, which currently sits at about $17 billion more than the company’s debt.
What to Do?
With the decline in TIBCO’s share price over the past year, and earnings expected to resume growing, now may be a great time to get into a high-growth software company at a nice discount.
The article A Cheap High-Growth Software Company originally appeared on Fool.com and is written by Matthew Frankel.
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