Juniper Networks Inc. Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (JNPR)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • JNPR's revenue growth trails the industry average of 14.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • JNPR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, JNPR has a quick ratio of 2.31, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • JUNIPER NETWORKS INC has improved earnings per share by 5.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, JUNIPER NETWORKS INC reported lower earnings of $0.36 versus $0.79 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.16 versus $0.36).
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $154.83 million or 36.44% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • JNPR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 18.15% from its price level of one year ago. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

Juniper Networks, Inc. designs, develops, and sells products and services that provide network infrastructure for networking requirements of service providers, enterprises, governments, and research and public sector organizations worldwide. Juniper has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 49.00, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 18.00. Shares are down 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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