Value Analysis of Atlassian Every Investor Should Read

One of today's standouts was Atlassian, a software company whose shares are up 3.6%, outperforming the Nasdaq by 3.0%. At $131.74, its shares are -32.23% below their average analyst target price of $194.38.

The average analyst rating for the stock is buy. TEAM may have outstripped the S&P 500 index by 3.2% today, but it has lagged behind the index by -42.2% over the last year, returning -59.6%.

Atlassian Corporation, through its subsidiaries, designs, develops, licenses, and maintains various software products worldwide. The company is a technology company. Valuations in the technology sector are often very high, as investors are willing to overlook gaps in the fundamentals if they believe a company’s innovations can dominate or create new markets.

Atlassian does not release its trailing 12 month P/E ratio since its earnings per share of $-2.86 were negative over the last year. But we can calculate it ourselves, which gives us a trailing P/E ratio for TEAM of -46.1. Based on the company's positive earnings guidance of $1.98, the stock has a forward P/E ratio of 66.5. The average trailing Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of US-based technology companies is 26.5 as of third quarter of 2022. In contrast, the S&P 500 average is 15.97. The P/E ratio is the company's share price divided by its earnings per share. In other words, it represents how much investors are willing to spend for each dollar of the company's earnings (revenues minus the cost of goods sold, taxes, and overhead).

Atlassian's P/E ratio tells us how much investors are willing to pay for each dollar of the company's earnings. The problem with this metric is that it doesn't take into account the expected growth in earnings of the stock. Sometimes elevated P/E ratios can be justified by equally elevated growth expectations.

We can solve this inconsistency by dividing the company's trailing P/E ratio by its five year earnings growth estimate, which in this case gives us a 4.57 Price to Earnings Growth (PEG) ratio. Since the PEG ratio is greater than 1, the company's lofty valuation is not completely justified by its growth levels.

To better understand the strength of Atlassian's business, we can analyse its operating margins, which are its revenues minus its operating costs. Consistently strong margins backed by a positive trend can signal that a company is on track to deliver returns for its shareholders. Here's the operating margin statistics for the last four years:

Date Reported Total Revenue ($ MM) Operating Expenses ($ MM) Operating Margins (%) YoY Growth (%)
2022-06-30 2,803 2,444 -3.8 -178.19
2021-06-30 2,089 1,651 4.86 458.62
2020-06-30 1,614 1,331 0.87 116.6
2019-06-30 1,210 1,063 -5.24 n/a
  • Average operating margins: -0.8 %
  • Average operating margins growth rate: 132.3 %
  • Coefficient of variability (lower numbers indicate less volatility): 556.1 %

Atlassian's financial viability can also be assessed through a review of its free cash flow trends. Free cash flow refers to its operating cash flows minus its capital expenditures, which are expenses related to the maintenance of fixed assets such as land, infrastructure, and equipment. Over the last four years, the trends have been as follows:

Date Reported Cash Flow from Operations ($ MM) Capital expenditures ($ MM) Free Cash Flow ($ MM) YoY Growth (%)
2022-06-30 883 -75 809 0.11
2021-06-30 841 -33 808 50.05
2020-06-30 574 -36 539 28.2
2019-06-30 466 -46 420 n/a
  • Average free cash flow: $643,861,500.00
  • Average free cash flow growth rate: 26.1 %
  • Coefficient of variability (lower numbers indicating more stability): 30.5 %

Free cash flows represents the amount of money that is available for reinvesting in the business, or paying out to investors in the form of a dividend. With a positive cash flow as of the last fiscal year, TEAM is in a position to do either -- which can encourage more investors to place their capital in the company.

Another valuation metric for analyzing a stock is its Price to Book (P/B) Ratio, which consists in its share price divided by its book value per share. The book value refers to the present liquidation value of the company, as if it sold all of its assets and paid off all debts. As of the third quarter of 2022, the average P/B ratio for technology companies is 5.57. In contrast, the average P/B ratio of the S&P 500 is 2.95.

Atlassian's P/B ratio indicates that the market value of the company exceeds its book value by a factor of 70.0, so it's likely that equity investors are over-valuing the company's assets.

Since it has a negative P/E ratio, an elevated P/B ratio, a pattern of improving cash flows on an upwards trend, Atlassian is likely overvalued at today's prices. The company has poor growth indicators because of a negative PEG ratio and negative operating margins with a positive growth rate. We hope you enjoyed this basic overview of TEAM's fundamentals. Make sure to check the numbers for yourself, especially focusing on their trends over the last few years.

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