Technology Industry Research & Analysis
Technology Industry Research Report
Technology Industry Profile _ (edit/improve) The technology sector includes those market companies involved in the production or delivery of technological goods and services. Generally, this sector is focused on what is considered advanced technology or "high-tech," that is, computers and peripherals, semiconductors, software, IT services, telecommunications, home entertainment and biotechnology, to name a few. The technology sector is considered a leading sector for growth-based investment. Thus tech stocks typically pay less in dividends than more traditional companies. Instead tech companies tend to seek to attract investors interested in profiting from the increase in share price rather than from dividends, while re-investing profits that might go toward dividends toward the further growth of the company. This, though, has begun to change as more established high-tech companies have started to offer dividends. With the growth of the importance of technology in society, the technology sector has become a bellwether of the overall stock market and economy.
Technology Industry Research & Analysis: The technology industry broadly includes companies whose primary function is to create innovative products and processes. Information technology deals with the management and processing of information. Technology Trading Strategy: The technology industry tends to be sensitive to economic cycles. Look for undervalued technology investments during economic recessions when stock prices are low and sell technology investments during the late stages of a bull markets when stock prices are high. The global economy is currently in a recession, therefore, it is the perfect time to purchase discretionary investments, because business significantly increase technology investments that they postponed during the recession. Upward sloping stock charts and financial news may indicate a selling opportunity while the opposite means that stocks are becoming undervalued.
Industry Analysis evaluates the major industry characteristics that affect investments. Company specific factors drive the performance of individual companies, but macro-economic factors can affect the performance, stock prices, growth rates, and chart movements of any stock, currency, or commodity. Review industry research before trading.
Warren Buffett Quote: "When a management with a reputation for brilliance tackles a business with a reputation for bad economics, it is the reputation of the business that remains intact." No matter the quality of your business, industry economics is an important factor in any value investing decision.
|Stock Research Rating||Hold||…|
|Potential (safety margin)||-15%|
|WACC Discount Rate||10%||…|
|Revenue EV Multiple||3.3x||High ~ Bad for investors|
|EBITDA EV Multiple||12.1x||…|
|EBIT EV Multiple||13.9x||…|
|Cash Flow EV Multiple||14.4x||High ~ Bad for investors|
|Book Value EV Multiple||0.9x||…|
|Discounted Cash Flow (DCF)||Ratios||Notes|
|Revenue Growth||20%||High ~ Good for investors|
|EBIT Margin||23%||High ~ Good for investors|
|Cash Flow Margin||15%||High ~ Good for investors|
|Debt-Equity Ratio||6%||Low ~ Good for investors|
|ROIC||8%||Low ~ Bad for Investors|
|Reinvestment Rate||5%||Low ~ Good for Investors|
|WACC Discount Rate||Rates||Notes|
|Risk Free Rate||4%||Low ~ Good for Investors|
|Cost of Debt||7%||Low ~ Good for Investors|
|Equity Risk Premium||5%||…|
|Debt Required Return of Debt||5%||Low ~ Good for Investors|
|Required Return of Equity||10%||Low ~ Good for Investors|
1 Investment potential (margin of safety) is a weighted average of the discounted cash flow (DCF), the enterprise value (EV) market multiple, and the Warren Buffett investment methods.
2 The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) for the industry is a broad representation of the WACC for each individual company. A sub-industry WACC offers both stability and accuracy for each individual company.
Description: The technology industry broadly includes companies whose primary function is to create innovative products and processes. Information technology deals with the management and processing of information (see full technology description and competitors).
Profit Analysis: The best way to profit from technology stock investments is to find the most undervalued investments (Wall Street and Main Street buy ratings) during economic recessions. Those investments should be undervalued (see Wall Street on left side), and have high Main Street Common Sense investment ratings (see Main Street on right side). When an economic recovery occurs, technology stocks tend to outperform the general stock market, because consumers and businesses quickly resume spending on items they wanted, but resisted buying during tougher economic times. Eventually those investments become overvalued, because profits and stock prices increase past their fair values. During the last stages of an economic business cycle, just before a recession, it is best to sell technology stocks, because they are likely to decrease in price quickly. Technology makes the lives of consumers and businesses easier, but during tough economic times, people tend to work harder, which offsets the benefits of technology temporarily. Expensive (overvalued) stocks with low Main Street Common Sense ratings should be sold at any time to invest in better stocks. Two buys ratings are the best and two sell ratings are the worst possible stock investments.
Trading Strategy: During economic recessions, consumers and businesses tend to cut back on technology expenses to save money during tough economic times and focus consumption only on basic goods. Less spending decreases business revenue and eventually decreases stock prices. During economic recoveries, consumers have more income and business investment needs, so spending quickly increases. Higher spending increases business revenue and eventually increases stock prices. During a longer economic expansion, discretionary income and business demand increases, but at a slower pace than during the recovery stage.