4-Star Stocks Poised to Pop: Qlik Technologies

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, business intelligence specialist Qlik Technologies (NAS: QLIK) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Qlik's business and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Qlik facts

Headquarters (Founded)

Radnor, Pa. (1993)

Market Cap

$2.21 billion


Application software

Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$268.7 million


CEO Lars Bjork (since 2007)

CFO William Sorenson (since 2008)

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$174.5 million / $0



Microsoft (NAS: MSFT)

Oracle (NAS: ORCL)

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 96% of the 466 members who have rated Qlik believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward. These bulls include Clint35 and aosgood.

Just last month, Clint35 listed a few of Qlik's positives: "High insider ownership and a good balance sheet. Gross margins are about 88%."

Over the next five years, Qlik is even expected to grow its bottom line at a brisk rate of 38.3% annually. That's faster than much larger competitors IBM (11.8%), Microsoft (9.9%), and Oracle (13.6%).

CAPS member aosgood elaborates on the bull case:

Qlik Technologies has a great product that revolutionizes an old but still growing industry, and its growth potential justifies a deceptively high P/E caused by all the right management activities and a cyclical earnings schedule. Once the BI market has been saturated and Qlik Tech has grown all it can grow, then the company can lower it sales spending, up its profit margin, and trade at a much lower P/E ratio. ... Given the above, I would rate QLIK a strong buy, especially at recent prices with the market so topsy turvy.

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At the time thisarticle was published Fool contributor Brian Pacampara owns no position in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool owns shares of Qlik, IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle. Motley Fool newsletter services have recommended buying shares of Qlik and Microsoft, as well as creating a bull call spread position in Microsoft. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days.We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Fool's disclosure policy always gets a perfect score.

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