Software is at the heart of the information age and is a huge driver of enterprises. Software stocks, under the technology sector, is set to grow even more as automation, and digitization continue in the workplace. These companies produce software widely used by companies and so they grow in tandem with other sectors which utilize their technology. Here are the top 17 enterprise software stocks right now:
Open Text (OTEX-T)
A Canadian company that develops and sells enterprise information management software. They pay a 1.6% dividend. They have high free cash flow and their fundamentals are looking good. They’ve been mentioned by numerous analysts as either a top pick or a buy.
(A Top Pick Mar 10/20, Up 5%) Inexpensive at 14x earnings. Earnings have grown at 13%. A secular grower. 600 open jobs right now that are work from anywhere jobs which opens up the talent pool. Great innovator and a great consolidator. Continues to buy it here.
Shopify Inc. (SHOP-T)
A company that is considered a Canadian unicorn. They provide a computer software platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. The charts look good, and their addressable market is huge. A world leader in the e-commerce space.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly As consumers become more comfortable with online commerce, SHOP is well positioned to continue to see significant growth. It offers retailers an efficient way to sell directly and it collects recurring revenues through subscription fees. Earnings will be reported April 28 and the market expects EPS of $0.71 US and…
Adobe Systems (ADBE-Q)
They provide software that is ubiquitous in the digital media/creative space. It is at a high valuation right now but it is a quality business. It is heavily used in corporate America and their cloud business is growing.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Recently reported revenues were up 26% over the year for the $215 billion market-cap company. Expansion of their cloud based services has been instrumental. Trading at 42x earnings, it is still cheap compared to its peers at 65x. Earnings are expected to grow another 18% this year. Over 80% of…
SalesForce.com Inc. (CRM-N)
An American cloud computing company that just released earnings. They’ve been consistently beating expectations. They were one off the first to offer software as a service and they’ve done very well. Their main business is for large companies and banks to interact with their clients.
They paid a high price for Slack. She owns MSFT instead of CRM. It comes down to valuation, so if CRM's PE falls, it may be worth owning. Buy a MSFT instead.
FireEye Inc (FEYE-Q)
An enterprise cybersecurity company that seeks to protect against cyber threats. They are a leader in security as a service and demand is growing.
Poster child when it comes to security as a service. Offer software instead of hardware, and the first to get in, so they have a lead. Instead, he owns Palo Alto and Splunk on the cybersecurity side. But it's on their shopping list, once markets settle down.
Autodesk Inc (ADSK-Q)
A 3D design software corporation that is used by architecture, engineering, media and connected industries. They are growing and acquiring companies so it should definitely be on your watchlist for a good entry point.
One of the best-run companies in the world, but doesn't get talked about. The software is enterprise-oriented, which he has used and thinks is very good.
An American cloud computing company. Their software is used to manage workflow in companies that provide services such as IT servicing. They’re growing rapidly and was mentioned as a Top Pick by David Burrows.
Develops cloud computing platforms to manage data flow. Got expensive, but beat top and bottom lines in January and increased guidance. Good execution by management. He took profits, but then added last week around $475. Price target of $593.
One of the world’s largest provider of database software. They’ve started changing their service into a subscription services and cloud based business. Their biggest client are financial institutions and are considered to not be a high risk trade.
It made a new high today over $73, but has tumbled after hours on a mixed report. It's back to where it was in late-2020. It's not sexy without huge, though steady growth, but it trades at a reasonable valuation as operating margins hang in there. BTW, for the first time in a long time,…
Red Hat Inc. (RHT-N)
An American open-source software products provider that is used in the enterprise community. IBM bought them recently. They help customers transition into the Cloud, and the demand for this type of service is expected to grow as companies transition into the cloud.
(A Top Pick Aug 29/18, Up 27%) Acquired by IBM. He started buying at $62 and was taken out at over $170. IBM needed power to get into the cloud space.
A giant in computing hardware and software. They pay a nice dividend that is expected to grow. They’re an absolute leader in software and the cloud who has been consistently growing. Their office program is moving to subscription base meaning good recurring revenue with high margins. A good stock to hold.
Displaced Oracle in the cloud as the database of choice. It's about selling cloud services, like a utility. Margins are much higher on cloud than selling software. Over time, margins and free cashflow will go up. Not concerned about the valuation, because of growing business and margins.
Tableau Software, Inc. (DATA-N)
They produce interactive data visualization products focused on business intelligence. They are pioneers in data analytics and they are moving from licensing to subscriptions and are getting rewarded for it.
Splunk Inc (SPLK-Q)
A software platform provider that uses a web-style interface to utilize big data. They’ve raised their 2020 revenue outlook and have returned about 21% in the last 2 months.
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly SPLK has worked hard to transition their business from an on-premises software service to a cloud-based business and the results are beginning to show. Recently reported earnings beat analyst estimates with annualized recurring revenues surging by over 40% to $2.3 billion. Over 90% of the stock is held by institutions,…
Citrix Systems (CTXS-Q)
They are the leaders in providing a secure digital workspace in the cloud. They’ve also become the preferred and most-used solution for enterprise file synchronization and sharing (EFSS).
Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly CTXS is a cloud based subscription company that links internal business operations. A recent $2.5 billion acquisition will aid in their reach expanding further. Recent earnings beat analyst expectations and subscriptions are up over 60% on the year. It pays a small dividend that is backed by a payout ratio…
Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp. (CTSH-Q)
A IT services provider that helps companies implement technology. They started helping banks, insurance and healthcare generate more revenue using technology. An activist shareholder was brought in, and the company is focusing on value creation.
She sees a lot of good, long term, secular drivers. As technology permeates every business and every industry, these are the guys that come in and explain how a company can use technology. Historically, this was just on the expense side and how to get more efficient, but now use technology to generate revenue. This…
An on‑demand financial management and human capital management software vendor.They have brought in financial software that has helped them and analysts consider it a strong takeout target.
Yesterday, it reported a big earnings beat and inline revenue. Guidance though was conservative, so the stock got slammed 2.4%. It's down $40 from its peak earlier this month. A buying opportunity?
MongoDB, Inc. (MDB-Q)
A networking software supplier. Their main clients are financial services, government, healthcare, retail and telecom companies. The financial results for the fourth quarter and full year are expected to be announced on March 13.
He does not own it today. There is a lot of competition in the space of helping companies upgrade software for data management. They decided to stay out as a result.
Okta, Inc. (OKTA-Q)
A cloud software company that helps companies manage their employee passwords. Major S&P companies have embraced this company and their stock price has seen a nice return. There is still space to grow so it’s worth a look.
Cloud stocks have bounced back partially. OKTA got hammered in February and March, but has rebounded $20. This week, OKTA is announcing big new products, but the market doesn't care. Still, he thinks this is a good story though the stock is out of fashion.