Is Red Hat Stock Undervalued or Overvalued Before Earnings?
Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) is a $20 billion company today. Investors that bought shares one year ago are sitting on a 47.55% total return. That's above the S&P 500's return of 15.2%.
Red Hat stock is beating the market, and it reports earnings soon. But does that make it a good buy today? To answer this question, we've turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our Research Team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.
Our system looks at six key metrics...
✓ Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: Red Hat reported a recent EPS growth rate of 20.59%. That's above the software industry average of 18.4%. That's a great sign. Red Hat's earnings growth is outpacing that of its competitors.
✓ Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the software industry is 77.53. And Red Hat's ratio comes in at 75.08. It's trading at a better value than many of its competitors.
✗ Debt-to-Equity : The debt-to-equity ratio for Red Hat stock is 57.54%. That's above the software industry average of 49.7%. That's not a good sign. Red Hat's debt levels should be lower.
✗ Free Cash Flow per Share Growth : Red Hat's FCF has been lower than that of its competitors over the last year. That's not good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth. It's one of our most important fundamental factors.
✓ Profit Margins : The profit margin of Red Hat comes in at 10.81% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this margin above that of its competitors. Red Hat's profit margin is above the software average of 5.41%. So that's a positive indicator for investors.
✓ Return on Equity : Return on equity tells us how much profit a company produces with the money shareholders invest. The ROE for Red Hat is 20.02%, and that's above its industry average ROE of 8.72%.
Red Hat stock passes four of our six key metrics today. That's why our Investment U Stock Grader rates it as a Buy With Caution.
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