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Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Analysis


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Microsoft Dividend

(updated 2/23/2018)

Microsoft has paid a dividend since 2003 and increased its dividend for 16 consecutive years; qualifying the company as a Dividend Contender.

Price: $94.06
Dividend Yield: 1.8%

Current Dividend: $1.68
Cash Flow From Operations (CFO) Per Share (ttm): $5.39
Free Cash Flow (ttm): $4.28

Market Capitalization: $724 B
Enterprise Value: $653 B

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Dividend Analyzer Checklist

(updated February 2018)

Valuation Score (19/34 points)

Free Cash Flow Yield (ttm): 4.7% (11/17 points)
EV to EBIT (ttm): 21.5 (0/9 points)
EV to EBITDA (ttm): 15.9 (8/17 points)
Price to Sales Ratio (ttm): 7.4
Price to Book Value (ttm): 9.3
Price to Earnings Ratio (P/E) (ttm):  64
PE 10: 43

Profitability & Growth Score (10/33 points)

Operating Earnings Yield (ttm): 3.7% (2/7 points)
Net Income (ttm): $11588 M
Gross Profit (ttm): $63005 M
Total Assets: $256003 M
Gross Profitability Ratio = GP / Total Assets: 25% (8/18 points)
Cash Return On Invested Capital (CROIC)(tttm): 21%
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC): 7%

Dividend Safety Score (25/33 points)

Dividend Payout Ratio (ttm):  106%
Cash Dividend Payout Ratio (ttm):   37%  (10/12 points) 
Net Financial Debt: $-53520 M
Total Assets: $256003 M
Net Financial Debt / Total Assets: -21% (12/12 points)
Net Financial Debt to EBITDA (ttm): 209%
Piotroski Score (1-9) (TTM): (3/9 points)

TOTAL POINTS – (54/100) (50 is an average score)

Earnings Report: 1/31/18
Next Earnings Report: 4/27/18

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Ratings & Recommendations

(updated February 2018)

Microsoft (MSFT) is ranked #165 (out of 432) overall and #17 (out of 28) in the Technology Sector by the Dividend Analyzer.

The company’s best quality is its balance sheet. This takes some of the risk out of owning the stock for the long term. However, the stock price is expensive without a large surge in earnings.  This would be a great stock to pick up at lower prices. Put it on your watchlist.

Type of Investor / Recommendation
Large Diversified Dividend Portfolios / Can Be Considered
Looking For Exposure to Technology Sector / Below Average Option
Deep Value Investors / Avoid

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Company Description

Sector: Technology
Industry: Software – Infrastructure

Microsoft is a company in transition under CEO Satya Nadella. The “Windows first” strategy is being replaced with a “cloud first, mobile first” strategy.

Microsoft has developed into the number two cloud computing company in the world behind Amazon. The Azure platform should provide solid growth for several years. By hosting many of Microsoft’s bellwether products including Office 365, the Azure platform provides a legitimate bridge from the old to the new.

Microsoft develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports software, hardware, and services. The company operates under three segments:

1. Productivity and Business Processes

This division focuses on Commercial and Consumer Office products including Office 365 licensing and subscriptions, Exchange, SharePoint, Skype services, Outlook, and OneDrive. Dynamics 365 offers cloud based applications to bring together the means for people to get their jobs done.

2. Intelligent Cloud

This is where Microsoft is looking for its future growth. The emphasis is on server products and services to power modern business. Products include Windows Server, SQL Server, Visual Studio, System Center, and most importantly Microsoft Azure.

Azure is a cloud computing platform for planning, utilizing, and administering applications and services through a global network of datacenters.

3. More Personal Computing

Microsoft has never quit working to make the workplace more productive. The release of Windows 10 delivers increased value across the Microsoft ecosystem; the main benefit being the ability to move seamlessly across all equipment.

SWOT Analysis


Microsoft has a pristine balance sheet and the ability to make acquisitions to boost profitability and growth. The company’s old businesses are “cash cows” and its Azure platform is evolving into a promising growth business for the future.


Microsoft faces stiff competition in a world where technology is experiencing rapid change. The company faces formidable competition from Amazon, Google, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Oracle, SAP, Cisco Systems, and other titans in the industry.


Recent success under the management of Nadella has proven that Microsoft has the opportunity to excel in the current environment. A pristine balance sheet, successful flagship products, new cutting edge platforms, and what appears to be insightful management gives Microsoft solid opportunities for providing shareholders earnings and growth.


Amazon has a significant lead over Microsoft in the public cloud space. There is no room for large mistakes or errors given the intense competition both above and below the company. This is the area Microsoft must succeed in to justify the higher valuation being given the stock.

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