Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Investopedia: Jive Software Worth A Closer Look?

I wouldn't say that the market's love affair with all things “cloud” or collaborative is over, but having the right buzzwords is no longer an express ticket to a high multiple. Due in part to self-inflicted wounds that management blames on execution and investor/analyst worries about competition, Jive Software (Nasdaq:JIVE) has dropped more than 10% over the past year and significantly underperformed its peer group.

It may be early to throw in the towel, though. The company's new sales approach, one based on establishing real-world value for clients, is still fresh and the company continues to have the opportunity to show that it can offer a better collaborative platform than less focused rivals like IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT), and Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM). Although Jive's shares don't look very cheap on a discounted cash flow basis, that's nothing new in the world of growing software companies and other methodologies suggest more upside.

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