Sapiens International Corporation Stock Upgraded (SPNS)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Sapiens International Corporation (Nasdaq: SPNS) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SPNS's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 4.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 90.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • SPNS has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.38, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income increased by 60.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.63 million to $2.60 million.
  • 42.70% is the gross profit margin for SAPIENS INTERNATIONAL CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of SPNS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SPNS's net profit margin of 9.60% compares favorably to the industry average.

Sapiens International Corporation N.V. provides software solutions for the insurance industry primarily in North America, Europe, Israel, and the Asia Pacific. The company offers solutions for the property and casualty (P&C)/general insurance, as well as life, pension, and annuity markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, above the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio of 18.8 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Sapiens International has a market cap of $141.7 million and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 4% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model
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