Cognizant Technology Solutions passes the initial requirements of the Enterprising Investor but not the more conservative Defensive Investor. The Defensive Investor is concerned with the lack of dividends, as well as the high PEmg and PB ratio. The Enterprising Investor is only initially concerned by the lack of dividends. As a result, all Enterprising Investors should feel very comfortable proceeding to the next part of the analysis, which is a determination of the company’s intrinsic value.
When it comes to that valuation, it is critical to consider the company’s earnings history. In this case, it has grown its EPSmg (normalized earnings) from $1.11 in 2011 to an estimated $2.33 for 2015. This level of demonstrated growth outpaces the market’s implied estimate for annual earnings growth of 8.8% over the next 7-10 years.
In recent years, the company’s actual growth in EPSmg has averaged around 22% annually. The ModernGraham valuation model reduces the actual growth to a more conservative figure when making an estimate but still returns an estimate of intrinsic value well above the current price, indicating that Cognizant Technology Solutions is undervalued at the present time.
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