Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR): What the Financials Tell Us

Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE:JNPR) saw a downside of -0.17% to close Monday at $28.64 after subtracting -$0.05 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,930,320 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $28.91 in the past week. An average of 2,417,605 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 2,562,426.

JNPR’s 1-month performance is 2.91% or $0.81 on its low of $27.27 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $19.51 and high of $29.77, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 08/25/21. YTD, JNPR has achieved 27.23% or $6.13. However, the current price is down -3.80%% from the 52-week high price.


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Insider Transactions

On Aug 10, 63 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR). STENSRUD WILLIAM (Director) most recently sold 10,000 shares at $28.31 per share on Aug 10. This transaction cost the insider $283,131. Chief Executive Officer, rahim rami, sold 5,555 shares at a price of $28.68 on Aug 04. Then, on Aug 03, Chief Executive Officer rahim rami sold 5,555 shares at a price of $28.86 per share. This transaction amounted to $160,317.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 65.15 and a low of 14.44. JNPR stock has a beta of 0.88. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 2.02 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 2.14, with the price to cash flow ratio at 29.10.

Juniper Networks Inc. pays an annual dividend of $0.80 per share. Its dividend yield is 2.79% and the payout ratio is 127.20%. JNPR’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 22, when it paid $0.20 a share compared with prior rate of $0.20, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 4 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.01 reported on Monday January 27 2020. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 100.00% yearly.

It is projected that Juniper Networks Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 2-Dec. JNPR is expected to distribute $0.20 as its next dividend.

Juniper Networks Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.40, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.60 meaning that JNPR stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.39, while the total debt to equity was 0.39. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 58.00%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 14.68% while for the period ending June 29; Juniper Networks Inc.’s operating margin was 4.80%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.57 billion against revenue of $4.45 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Juniper Networks Inc.’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $335.5 million against total debt of $1.86 billion. Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected JNPR to announce $0.39 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.43, representing a 10.30% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $146.2 million. JNPR stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 4.38 billion, with total debt at $1.86 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $325.15 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 59.12% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 23.33%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $28.41, reflecting a +3.06% or $0.85 change from its current price. JNPR is currently trading +1.42% above its 20-day SMA, +10.15% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +1.78% and +28.20% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 83.36% and 72.40% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.53. The RSI (14) points at 55.42%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 81.51% with the period’s ATR at 0.53. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.46 and 0.43 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Juniper Networks Inc. (NYSE: JNPR), MKM Partners upgraded it to a Buy rating. They previously had a Neutral rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for JNPR stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Hold. Currently, 3 brokerage advisors rate JNPR as a “sell,”, while 8 advise that investors “Hold.” 3 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 2 rates the stock as overweight while 4 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is JNPR’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $19.00 and a high of $34.00, with their median price target at $27.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Juniper Networks Inc. (JNPR) stock is $27.23.

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