STA Research maintains Quarterhill Inc. with a Speculative Buy rating and lowers the target price to $2.30 from $3.50 on the company’s stock.
Based on the Quarterhill stock forecast from 4 analysts, the average analyst target price for Quarterhill Inc is CAD 3.25 over the next 12 months. Quarterhill Inc’s average analyst rating is Strong Buy. Stock Target Advisor’s own stock analysis of Quarterhill Inc is Slightly Bullish , which is based on 7 positive signals and 5 negative signals. At the last closing, Quarterhill Inc’s stock price was CAD 1.73. Quarterhill Inc’s stock price has changed by -6.49% over the past week, -8.95% over the past month and -34.96% over the last year.
About Quarterhill Inc (QTRH:CA:TSX)
Quarterhill Inc. operates in the intelligent transportation system and intellectual property licensing industries worldwide. Its Licensing segment includes patents relating to wireless communications, memory interface technologies, semiconductor manufacturing and packaging technologies, wired connectivity, automotive applications, computer gaming, intelligent personal assistant technologies, enhanced image processing, streaming video technologies, non-volatile Flash memory, DRAM and other memory technologies, and semiconductor analog circuitry technologies. The company’s Intelligent Systems segment provides international road dynamics products and services, such as red light and speed enforcement systems, automated truck weigh stations; toll road systems and equipment; traffic management and safety systems; VectorSense, a tire sensor suite; Vehicle Information-In-Motion, a traffic intelligence system; integrated traffic control systems; permanent and portable slow speed weigh-in-motion systems; portable wheel load scales; traffic data collection products; vehicle and axle detection equipment; and automated vehicle identification services and equipment, and other hardware and software products and offerings for the intelligent transportation systems industry. This segment serves through direct salespeople, distributors, agents, contractors, and systems integrators. The company was formerly known as Wi-LAN Inc. and changed its name to Quarterhill Inc. in June 2017. Quarterhill Inc. was incorporated in 1992 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada
What we like:
Superior risk adjusted returns
This stock has performed well, on a risk adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.
Superior total returns
The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual total returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.
Underpriced compared to earnings
The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.
Underpriced compared to book value
The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price to book value basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.
Superior return on equity
The company management has delivered better return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.
Superior return on assets
The company management has delivered better return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.
Positive free cash flow
The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
What we don’t like:
Low market capitalization
This is among the smaller entities in its sectors with below median market capitalization. That may make it less stable in the long run unless it has a unique technology or market which can help it grow or get acquired in future.
The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.
The company had negative total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
Low Earnings Growth
This stock has shown below median earnings growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.
Low Revenue Growth
This stock has shown below median revenue growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector.