Sunday, July 22, 2018

PTC Delivering On Its IoT Promises

There was plenty of skepticism, if not outright scorn, a few years ago regarding PTC's (PTC) plan to put its industrial IoT platform ThingWorx at the center of its growth plans. Fast forward back to the present, and not only has PTC continued to grow, the IoT business has grown to roughly parity with the legacy product lifecycle management (or PLM) software business on a new bookings basis. What's more, PTC has brought in Microsoft (MSFT) Azure and Rockwell (ROK) as partners to grow the IoT business, with partnering with Ansys (ANSS) to augment its legacy Creo CAD business with simulation capabilities.

I liked these shares back in the spring of 2017, and the 80% or so move since then has been gratifying to see, particularly as the business seems to be picking up momentum. Although my growth outlook is stronger now than before, in no small part due to the big-name partnerships PTC has added for ThingWorx, the growth in valuation has exceeded the growth in my expectations. Consequently, while I do still like this business and I fully acknowledge the potential that financial outperformance could drive higher multiples, I can't find the undervaluation to call this a good buy unless you're interested in trading more on momentum than value.

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PTC Delivering On Its IoT Promises

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