Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Enghouse Systems Ltd 2

This company (TSX-ESL) is another small tech firm. This stock has been recommended by Keystone Financial Publishing as a good Small Cap tech stock with dividend. For their website, see Keystone Publishing. As far as I can see, Keystone Publishing tends to recommend stocks for the short term, rather than for long term buy and hold investors.

What I see in the Insider Trading report is some $.84M of net Insider Buying. There is a minimum of Insider Selling. There seems to be a number of insiders who has 2-3% of the company’s outstanding shares in stock options. Also, a couple of insider own almost 35% of this company. Insiders seem to be holding on to their stock options recently and this is a good sign.

The company has just raised their dividend by 25%. This is also a sign that the management is confident in the future earnings and cash flow of the company. There are also some 8 institutions that own just over 25% of this company. Over the past 3 months, there have been 2 institutional buyers and 2 institutional sellers with a net increase in shares owned. (See my site for information on Insider Trading.)

When I look at 5 year median Price/Earnings Ratios, I find the low P/E to be 18 and the high to be 28.5. That puts 19.4 closer to the low, relatively speaking. However, the P/E ratios of this stock are on the high side. I get a current Graham Price of $7.53. The current stock price of $10.09 is some 34% higher. The median difference between the Graham Price and stock price is 21% and the high difference is 54%. So the current difference is towards the high side. (See my site for information on calculating Graham Price.)

I get a 10 year median Price/Book Value Ratio of 1.76. The current P/B Ratio is 2.08, which is some 18% higher and this points to a relatively high stock price. The last thing to look at is yield. The current yield is 1.98% and the 5 year median yield is 1.87%. This points a relatively low stock price. If you take everything together, you get a price that is pretty average on a relative basis for this stock.

It is hard to know if there is one or two analysts following this stock. However, the only recommendation I can find is a Buy recommendation for this stock. So, the consensus recommendation would be a buy. (See my site for information on analyst ratings.) The 12 month stock price given is $11, so the 12 month total return on this stock would be around 12%. This company is thought to be well-run and the CEO, Stephen Sadler, is well-respected.

I find a blog entry about small cap stocks talking about this stock, Enghouse. This stock seems to be a well managed tech small cap stock and might be a good investment for those who can afford the risk of investing in a small cap.

Enghouse Systems Limited is a global provider of enterprise software solutions serving a variety of distinct vertical markets. Its strategy is to build a large diverse enterprise software company through strategic acquisitions and managed growth. Its web site is here Enghouse. See my spreadsheet at esl.htm.

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