Square, Inc. (SQ): Should You Buy The Stock Now?

6:35 pm ET, 20 Mar 2018


A 6% rise in the stock price of Square (NYSE: SQ) caught investors' attention today. Square is trading at over $57 currently.

Square now has a $22B market cap. It’s very much driven by its prospect to become a leading payment solution for bitcoin payments. 

Optimists say Square's stock looks like Amazon’s in its early days.  This is because merchants are increasingly willing to accept bitcoin for store payments.

Square's price is now at its 52-week high.  The current price is almost 600%  higher than its 52-week low. 

However, the contrarians are saying this is purely a bubble. According to Finstead research, the consensus analyst price target is around $42, way below its current price.


Square’s valuation is the highest among its peers.

The Short Share of Float is higher than the average for the industry, so, a high volatility in the upcoming days can be expected.

One thing is certain: expect a lot of volatility in the upcoming weeks. 

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Square, Inc. (SQ) Stock Guide

Updated at: 6:05 pm ET, 12 Aug 2020

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Looking to buy or sell Square, Inc. (SQ)? Interested in getting the full scoop on SQ, including earnings and dividends, stock forecast, buy or sell analysis and key stats? If so, you came to the right place.

In this SQ stock guide, we'll address key questions about SQ, above and beyond what you can find on Yahoo Finance, Zacks, MarketWatch or Morningstar.

Here is what you'll be able to find in this guide:

Earnings and Dividends: earnings, earnings date, dividend rate and dividend yield;
Analyst Predictions: stock forecast and analyst ratings;
Analysis: Finny Score and buy or sell analysis;
Key Stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio, industry, sector, and number of employees.

And here is the list of questions we'll answer:
1. What are SQ earnings?
2. When is SQ earnings date?
3. What is SQ stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?
4. SQ buy or sell? What is SQ Finny Score?
5. What are the reasons to buy SQ? Why should I buy SQ stock?
6. What are the reasons to sell SQ? Why should I sell SQ stock?
7. What are SQ key stats: revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

So let's start. Scroll down to the question that interests you the most.

Earnings and Dividends

1. What are SQ earnings?

SQ trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS) is $0.65.

2. When is SQ earnings date?

SQ earnings date is November 04, 2020.

Analyst Predictions

3. What is SQ stock forecast (i.e., prediction)?

Based on SQ analyst price targets, SQ stock forecast is $135.29 (for a year from now). That means the average analyst price target for SQ stock is $135.29. The prediction is based on 31 analyst estimates.

The low price target for SQ is $41.00, while the high price target is $210.00.

SQ analyst rating is Buy.

Analysis

4. SQ buy or sell? What is SQ Finny Score?

#{finnyScore:44}Our quantitative analysis shows 4 reasons to buy and 5 reasons to sell SQ, resulting in Finny Score of 44.

5. What are the reasons to buy SQ? Why should I buy SQ stock?

Here are the reasons to buy SQ stock:

  • Square differentiates itself by offering a comprehensive commerce ecosystem enabling sellers to combine software, hardware and payments services from several vendors. The company’s managed payment solutions allow sellers to accept payment through a range of media such as magnetic stripe (a swipe), Near Field Communication (NFC), EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa), online through Square Invoices, Square Virtual Terminal, or the seller’s website. Square’s powerful point-of-sale software and services help sellers manage locations, orders, inventory, employees, and payroll.
  • Square’s rate of growth has been impressive since it started operations eight years back. Today, it serves millions of sellers across various industries such as food, retail and services, and geographies including the U.S., Japan, Australia and Canada. It processed $23.8 billion, $35.6 billion and $49.7 billion of Gross Payment Volume (GPV) in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.
  • Square is making an effort to turn around its ailing fortunes. The company made its first European venture in March 2017 with the launch of its mobile payment services in the U.K. It became the fifth market where Square services are now available after the U.S., Australia, Canada and Japan.
  • The company is currently focusing on integration, automation, and platform. On the integration front, Square aims to make its services more cohesive. In February 2017, it rolled out Square for Retail, its first industry specific point of sale.
  • SQ quarterly revenue growth was 63.80%, higher than the industry and sector average revenue growth (1.11% and 0.89%, respectively). See SQ revenue growth chart.
  • SQ profitability is improving. The YoY profit margin change was 7.21 percentage points. See SQ profitability chart.
  • SQ average analyst rating is Buy. See SQ analyst rating chart.
  • SQ cash to debt ratio is 1.01, higher than the average industry (0.16) and sector (0.17) cash to debt ratio. See SQ cash to debt chart.

6. What are the reasons to sell SQ? Why should I sell SQ stock?

Let's look at the reasons to sell SQ stock (i.e., the bear case):

  • Square has been incurring losses over the last few years. The company reported net loss of $154.1 million, $212 million and $171.6 million in 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. At the end of 2016, the company had an accumulated deficit of $779.2 million.
  • Growth depends and will continue to depend on the company’s ability to differentiate. Square is vulnerable to intense competition and changing technology, industry standards and seller and buyer needs. These call for frequent changes in product and service offerings, which in turn require heavy investments, putting pressure on its earning capacity.
  • The nature of its business makes Square vulnerable to foreign exchange risk. Apart from the U.S., the company operates in Canada, Australia and Japan and derives a significant part of its sales and earnings from there. Thus, appreciation or depreciation of the U.S. dollar versus foreign currencies could impact the company’s results.
  • Square will not pay dividends in the foreseeable future and wishes to channelize future earnings toward operation and business expansion. Consequently, investors will not receive return on their investments if price of the company’s common stock increases. Investors seeking cash dividends should avoid buying Square shares.
  • SQ stock price ($139.02) is close to the 52-week high ($155.26). Perhaps now is a good time to sell? See SQ price chart.
  • SQ forward P/E ratio is 120.01, which is high compared to its industry peers’ P/E ratios. See SQ forward P/E ratio chart.
  • SQ PEG ratio (P/E adjusted for growth) is 7.59, which is high compared to its industry peers’ PEG ratios. See SQ PEG chart.
  • SQ average analyst price target ($135.29) is below its current price ($139.02). See SQ price target chart.
  • SQ short share of float is 7.34%. The stock is much more frequently shorted than the average industry, sector or S&P 500 stock. See SQ short share of float chart.

Key Stats

7. What are SQ key stats : revenue, market cap, revenue growth, profit margin, P/E ratio, P/B ratio industry, sector, and number of employees?

Let's look at the key statistics for SQ:

Metrics SQ
Price $141.96
Average Price Target / Upside $135.29 / -4.70%
Average Analyst Rating Buy
Forward Dividend Yield 0.00%
Industry Software - Application
Sector Technology
Number of Employees 3,349
Market Cap $62.96B
Forward P/E Ratio 121.33
Price/Book Ratio 10.7
Revenue (TTM) $5.88B
YoY Quarterly Revenue Growth 63.80%
Profit Margin 5.15%

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