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Is Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) Potentially Underrated?

Simply Wall St

Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) is a stock with outstanding fundamental characteristics. When we build an investment case, we need to look at the stock with a holistic perspective. In the case of CGNX, it is a financially-robust company with an impressive history and a excellent future outlook. Below, I've touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. For those interested in understanding where the figures come from and want to see the analysis, read the full report on Cognex here.

Flawless balance sheet with reasonable growth potential

NasdaqGS:CGNX Past and Future Earnings, August 6th 2019
NasdaqGS:CGNX Past and Future Earnings, August 6th 2019

CGNX's strong financial health means that all of its upcoming liability payments are able to be met by its current cash and short-term investment holdings. This implies that CGNX manages its cash and cost levels well, which is an important determinant of the company’s health. CGNX currently has no debt on its balance sheet. It has only utilized funding from its equity capital to run the business, which is rather impressive for a US$7.2b market cap company. Investors’ risk associated with debt is virtually non-existent and the company has plenty of headroom to grow debt in the future, should the need arise.

NasdaqGS:CGNX Historical Debt, August 6th 2019
NasdaqGS:CGNX Historical Debt, August 6th 2019

Next Steps:

For Cognex, I've compiled three key factors you should further examine:

  1. Valuation: What is CGNX worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether CGNX is currently mispriced by the market.

  2. Dividend Income vs Capital Gains: Does CGNX return gains to shareholders through reinvesting in itself and growing earnings, or redistribute a decent portion of earnings as dividends? Our historical dividend yield visualization quickly tells you what your can expect from CGNX as an investment.

  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of CGNX? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.