Why Pitney Bowes' Shares Jumped


Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Pitney Bowes jumped 18% today after the company released fourth-quarter earnings.

So what: Revenue fell 1% to $1.29 billion and net income dropped 57% to $110.3 million, or $0.55 per share, but it's all about expectations during earnings season. Analysts only expected $1.28 billion in revenue and $0.51 per share in earnings, which is lower than the $0.56 adjusted EPS number used for comparison, so shares surged higher today.

Now what: Pitney Bowes isn't a growth company but the market has thrown it out like there's no value left at all. Next year, management expects earnings of $1.85-$2.00 per share and free cash flow of $600 million-$700 million on at least flat revenue. That makes a $2.8 billion market cap and $14.09 share price look like a steal, even after today's jump. I think shares will continue to move higher.

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