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As an investor, I look for investments which does not compromise one fundamental factor for another. By this I mean, I look at stocks holistically, from their financial health to their future outlook. In the case of QuinStreet, Inc. (NASDAQ:QNST), it is a financially-robust company with a great history of performance, trading at a discount. In the following section, I expand a bit more on these key aspects. For those interested in digging a bit deeper into my commentary, read the full report on QuinStreet here.
Outstanding track record with flawless balance sheet
In the past couple of years, QNST has ramped up its bottom line by over 100%, with its latest earnings level surpassing its average level over the last five years. This strong performance generated a robust double-digit return on equity of 30%, which is an notable feat for the company. QNST is financially robust, with ample cash on hand and short-term investments to meet upcoming liabilities. This indicates that QNST has sufficient cash flows and proper cash management in place, which is a key determinant of the company’s health. QNST currently has no debt on its balance sheet. This means it is running its business only on equity capital funding, which is typically normal for a small-cap company. Therefore the company has plenty of headroom to grow, and the ability to raise debt should it need to in the future.
QNST's shares are now trading at a price below its true value based on its discounted cash flows, indicating a relatively pessimistic market sentiment. This mispricing gives investors the opportunity to buy into the stock at a cheap price compared to the value they will be receiving, should analysts' consensus forecast growth be correct. Compared to the rest of the interactive media and services industry, QNST is also trading below its peers, relative to earnings generated. This bolsters the proposition that QNST's price is currently discounted.
For QuinStreet, I've compiled three essential aspects you should further research:
- Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for QNST’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for QNST’s outlook.
- Dividend Income vs Capital Gains: Does QNST 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 QNST as an investment.
- Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of QNST? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!
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