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Is Zedge Inc (NYSEMKT:ZDGE) An Industry Laggard Or Leader?

Zedge Inc (AMEX:ZDGE), is a USD$27.40M small-cap, which operates in the software industry based in United States. While mobile and cloud computing become ubiquitous, there is a new wave of advancement emerging from innovations such as machine learning, robotics and augmented reality. Tech analysts are forecasting for the entire software tech industry, a fairly unexciting growth rate of 8.28% in the upcoming year , and a single-digit 4.97% growth over the next couple of years. However, this rate is still more than double the growth rate of the US stock market as a whole. Today, I will analyse the industry outlook, as well as evaluate whether Zedge is lagging or leading in the industry. Check out our latest analysis for Zedge

What’s the catalyst for Zedge’s sector growth?

AMEX:ZDGE Past Future Earnings Jan 4th 18
AMEX:ZDGE Past Future Earnings Jan 4th 18

The battle for competitive advantage has led businesses to adopt new the cutting-edge technology, or risk being left behind. Many technologies are now coming into their own as their power and speed increase and the cost of delivering them goes down. And some are pursing growth through various strategies including new M&A, collaboration and alliances, as well as cost reduction and organic growth. In the previous year, the industry saw growth in the teens, beating the US market growth of 10.76%. Zedge lags the pack with its earnings falling by more than half over the past year, which indicates the company will be growing at a slower pace than its software peers. As the company trails the rest of the industry in terms of growth, Zedge may also be a cheaper stock relative to its peers.

Is Zedge and the sector relatively cheap?

AMEX:ZDGE PE PEG Gauge Jan 4th 18
AMEX:ZDGE PE PEG Gauge Jan 4th 18

The software tech industry is trading at a PE ratio of 32x, above the broader US stock market PE of 20x. This illustrates a somewhat overpriced sector compared to the rest of the market. However, the industry did return a higher 12.98% compared to the market’s 10.46%, which may be indicative of past tailwinds. Since Zedge’s earnings doesn’t seem to reflect its true value, its PE ratio isn’t very useful. A loose alternative to gauge Zedge’s value is to assume the stock should be relatively in-line with its industry.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Zedge has been a tech industry laggard in the past year. If your initial investment thesis is around the growth prospects of Zedge, there are other tech companies that have delivered higher growth, and perhaps trading at a discount to the industry average. Consider how Zedge fits into your wider portfolio and the opportunity cost of holding onto the stock.

Are you a potential investor? If Zedge has been on your watchlist for a while, now may be a good time to dig deeper into the stock. Although its growth has delivered lower growth relative to its tech peers in the near term, the market may be pessimistic on the stock, leading to a potential undervaluation. Before you make a decision on the stock, I suggest you look at Zedge’s future cash flows in order to assess whether the stock is trading at a reasonable price.

For a deeper dive into Zedge’s stock, take a look at the company’s latest free analysis report to find out more on its financial health and other fundamentals. Interested in other tech stocks instead? Use our free playform to see my list of over 1000 other tech companies trading on the market.

To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.