SolarWinds Inc

Does SolarWinds Inc (SWI) Merits a Buy?

March 12th, 2014 Posted by Company Research Report No Comment yet

SolarWinds, Inc. (SWI) designs, develops, markets sells and supports enterprise information technology (IT), infrastructure management software to IT professionals in organizations of all sizes. The Company’s product offerings range from individual software tools to more comprehensive software products that solve problems encountered by IT professionals. Further, its products are designed to help the management of their infrastructure, including networks, applications, storage, and physical and virtual servers, as well as products for log and event management. Furthermore, it offers a portfolio of products for IT infrastructure management.

Forbes named SolarWinds the “Best Small Company in America,” citing high-functioning products for low costs and impressive company growth.

Who runs SolarWinds and are they competent?

Mr. Kevin B. Thompson, President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of SolarWinds Inc


Mr. Kevin B. Thompson is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of SolarWinds Inc. He has served as the President since January 2009 and the Chief Executive Officer since March 2010. He previously served as the Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer from July 2006 to March 2010 and the Chief Operating Officer from July 2007 to March 2010. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Thompson was Chief Financial Officer of Surgient, Inc, a software company, from November 2005 until March 2006 and was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at SAS Institute, a privately-held business intelligence software company, from August 2004 until November 2005. From October 2000 until August 2004.

More experience,

Mr. Thompson served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Red Hat, Inc, a publicly-traded enterprise software company. Mr. Thompson holds a B.B.A. from the University of Oklahoma. He also serves on the board of directors of NetSuite, Inc. (NYSE: N).

Mr. Jason Ream, Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President – Finance of SolarWinds Inc


Mr. Jason Ream has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President – Finance of SolarWinds Inc, effective October 1, 2013. Mr. Ream joined the Company in April 2009 as Vice President, Business Development, and Investor Relations, and has been instrumental in expanding the Company’s market opportunities by guiding the Company’s Merger and Acquisition activity. Later, he was promoted to Vice President of Growth Strategy in 2012. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ream worked for J.P. Morgan as an Executive Director in investment banking from July 2006 to January 2009. From July 1999 to July 2006, he held various roles in investment banking at UBS, Piper Jaffray, and Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Ream holds an A.B. in Mathematics from Amherst College.


For the financial aspects of the company, these are uncovered in the company’s financial statements. Shown here are the data from 2009 to 2013:

SolarWinds Financial Liquidity

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The average current ratio of SolarWinds, Inc was 2.1 which shows that its current asset was 210 percent over its current liabilities. Likewise, the quick ratio average was 2 which means that the monetary asset of the company was 200 percent when compared current liabilities. While, debt to equity ratio was only 0.06 and solvency ratio was 73 percent.


Income or revenue is the amount of money that is brought into a company by its business activities.

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The company’s revenue from 2009 to 2013 was going up year over year with a growth rate of 31, 30, 36, 25 and 30 respectively. On the other hand, operating income was also increasing every year by 41, 35, 36, 7 and 30 percent. Further, net income, it is also increasing yearly by 50, 38, 31, 11 and 32 percent.


The margin is a percentage result of revenue after taking the corresponding expenses. We applied the gross margin, operating margin, and net margin. The gross margin was the result of gross profit over revenue and the operating margin was the result of operating income over the revenue of the period, on the other hand, the net margin was the result of net income over revenue of the period.

From 2009 to 2013, gross margin, operating margin and net margin of SWI are:

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SWI’s gross margin yearly was quite high at 97, 95, 94, 93 and 92 with an average of 94 percent which is very impressive. While the operating margin was 39 percent average, also high enough and the net margin was 26, 30, 31, 30 and 27 percent. Its average is 28 percent.

Overall results showed that SWI is financially stable and more progressive.

SolarWinds CASH FLOW

Cash Flow from Investing Activities

Investing transactions generate cash outflows, such as capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment, business acquisitions and the purchase of investment securities. Likewise, inflows come from the sale of assets, businesses and investment securities. As a result of the companies investing cash flow from 2009 to 2013 were negative which means the company’s expansion was more on capital expenditures.

Cash Flow from Financing Activities

Debt and equity transactions dominate this category. Companies continuously borrow and repay debt, issuance of stock and payment of cash dividends. Moreover, the financing cash flow of SWI was positive except in 2009 which has a negative result of -21. It shows that the company repaid debts and repurchase stock during this particular period.

Free Cash Flow

Free cash flow is the result after deducting capital expenditure from operating cash flow. SWI’s free cash flow shows positive results from 2009 to 2013 with an average of $109M. It indicates funds available to retire additional debts, increase dividends or invest new lines of business. However, if negative, it indicates the financing is needed to support current operations and programs.

In addition, the cash flow margin of the company was 49 percent average while free cash flow ratio was 95 percent.

Cash Flow Ratios

Others view cash flow ratios are more reliable indicators of liquidity than balance sheet or income statement ratios such as the quick ratio or the current ratio. Lenders, rating agencies, and wall street analysts have long used cash flow ratios to evaluate risk. Other cash flow ratios measure a company’s ability to meet ongoing financial and operational commitments.

Cash Flow

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With the result of the formula “Sustainable growth rate=ROE x (1- dividend payout ratio)”, it shows that the average SGR of SWI from 2009 to 2013 is 45.73 percent. This indicates how fast a company can grow.

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It protects the investor from both poor decisions and downturns in the market. The Margin of Safety requires knowing when the buying price is low in absolute terms, rather than merely relative to the market as a whole. This formula is used to identify the difference between company value and price, in short, it is the difference between the real value of the stock and the market price.


Relative Valuation Methods

This valuation method compares the market values of the stock with the fundamentals (earnings, book value, growth multiples, cash, flow, and the metrics) of the stock.

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For SolarWinds Inc, the current book value per share was $6.45, with an average of $4.24. Its price to earnings ratio in the trailing twelve months (ttm) was 39.4% and 38.25% average per share. Moreover, the earning per share at ttm was $1.17 and $0.90 average while the return on equity (ttm) was $20.72 an average of $45.73 per share due to high ROE in 2009 at $145.68 per share.

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The growth rate 30 percent, with 0 dividend yield. The value of appreciation or MOS was $71.60, the required 40 percent. In addition, the computed value dividend was $0 because of 0 yields which resulted in the total value was $107.40. The price that the investor is willing to pay in 5 years was $414.05. Likewise, the market price of SWI to date was $46.49 per share. If we compare this to the total value of $107.40 per share, it indicates that the stock is trading at an undervalued price.


To sum it all, the results show that SolarWinds, Inc (SWI) was financially healthy as far as its current resources are concerned.

Moreover, income-wise, the company is continuously generating income and growing year over year. On the other hand, expenses were properly controlled which resulted in a commendable profit margin. On the other hand, when it comes to generating cash flow, the company has sufficient cash flow used for operating activities and high free cash flow.


Written by Rio

Re-edited by Cris

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