Microsoft Corporation [NASDAQ:MSFT]: Analyst Rating and Earnings

Stock traders often pay close attention what Wall Street analysts have to say about a potential investment. For Microsoft Corporation [MSFT], the latest consensus recommendation available followed its financial results for the fiscal quarter ending in June. On average, stock market experts give MSFT an Outperform rating. Its stock price has been found in the range of 93.96 to 131.37. This is compared to its latest closing price of $128.93.

Wall Street analysts provide their ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, and the current average score for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] is sitting at 1.63. This is compared to 1 month ago, when its average rating was 1.63.

For the quarter ending in Mar-19 Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] generated $30.57 billion in sales. That’s 2.45% higher than the average estimate of $29.84 billion as provided by Wall Street analysts. The three indicators above suggest that overall, this stock is demonstrating a mixed bag of positive appeal and some drawbacks, making it a somewhat risky investment that also has the potential to generate high ROI in the long run.

Keep an eye out for the next scheduled publication date for this company’s financial results, which are expected to be released on Thu 18 Jul (In 62 Days).

Fundamental Analysis of Microsoft Corporation [MSFT]

Now let’s turn to look at profitability: with a current Operating Margin for Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] sitting at +31.65 and its Gross Margin at +64.63, this company’s Net Margin is now 28.60%. These measurements indicate that Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] is generating considerably more profit, after expenses are accounted for, compared to its market peers.

This company’s Return on Total Capital is 21.50, and its Return on Invested Capital has reached 17.60%. Its Return on Equity is 21.37, and its Return on Assets is 6.63. These metrics all suggest that Microsoft Corporation is doing well at using the money it earns to generate returns.

Turning to investigate this organization’s capital structure, Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] has generated a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio of 97.37. Similarly, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 49.33, while its Total Debt to Total Assets stands at 31.12. Looking toward the future, this publicly-traded company’s Long-Term Debt to Equity is 92.32, and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 46.78. This company is not leveraging its assets to take on debt, which stunts its growth and limits the ROI for investors.

What about valuation? This company’s Enterprise Value to EBITDA is 20.54 and its Total Debt to EBITDA Value is 1.80. The Enterprise Value to Sales for this firm is now 7.55, and its Total Debt to Enterprise Value stands at 0.11. Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] has a Price to Book Ratio of 9.15, a Price to Cash Flow Ratio of 17.51 and P/E Ratio of 28.64. These metrics show that this company has a mixed appeal, and ROI could be a gain or a loss.

Shifting the focus to workforce efficiency, Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] earns $841,031 for each employee under its payroll. Similarly, this company’s Receivables Turnover is 4.76 and its Total Asset Turnover is 0.44. This publicly-traded organization’s liquidity data is also interesting: its Quick Ratio is 2.86 and its Current Ratio is 2.90. This company, considering these metrics, has a healthy ratio between its short-term liquid assets and its short-term liabilities, making it a less risky investment.

Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] has 7.56B shares outstanding, amounting to a total market cap of $975.30B. Its stock price has been found in the range of 93.96 to 131.37. At its current price, it has moved by -1.84% from its 52-week high, and it has moved 37.24% from its 52-week low.

This stock’s Beta value is currently 1.25, which indicates that it is more volatile that the wider market. This stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 60.66. This RSI score is good, suggesting this stock is neither overbought or oversold.

Conclusion: Is Microsoft Corporation [MSFT] a Reliable Buy?

Shares of Microsoft Corporation [MSFT], on the whole, present investors with both positive and negative signals. Wall Street analysts have mixed reviews when it comes to the 12-month price outlook, and this company’s financials show a combination of strengths and weaknesses. Based on the price performance, this investment is somewhat risky while presenting reasonable potential for ROI.