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Roper Technologies Inc ROP

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Roper’s Valuation Beginning to Look Attractive Again With the Latest Market Sell-Off

Joshua Aguilar Equity Analyst

Analyst Note

| Joshua Aguilar |

Despite the headline sales miss, Roper’s fourth-quarter 2020 results were relatively in line and even slightly ahead of our expectations on both the top and bottom lines. Fourth-quarter sales were just shy of $1.51 billion, and adjusted EPS came in at $3.56 against our expectations of $1.47 billion and adjusted EPS of $3.43. While not our favorite metric, yet useful given purchase accounting dynamics, adjusted EBITDA margins came in at 36.6%, or about 10 basis points higher than we were expecting for the quarter, implying incremental margins of just under 32%.

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Business Description

Roper is a diversified technology company that operates out of four segments: application software; network software and systems; measurement and analytical solutions; and process technologies. The firm’s culture emphasizes acquiring asset-light, cash-generative businesses. Roper then reinvests this excess cash in businesses that yield incrementally higher rates of return. While the firm’s businesses are managed in a decentralized manner, Roper does not passively manage its portfolio. Instead, Roper manages its businesses through the Socratic method and empowers decision-makers through group executive coaching. Roper has now rotated a clear majority of its business from legacy industrial products into technology software in mature, niche markets with large quantities of deferred revenue.

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6901 Professional Parkway East, Suite 200
Sarasota, FL, 34240
T +1 941 556-2601
Sector Industrials
Industry Specialty Industrial Machinery
Most Recent Earnings Dec 31, 2020
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2020
Stock Type Cyclical
Employees 18,400

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