CDK Global, Inc. (CDK - Free Report) recently announced the pricing of $5 billion aggregate principal amount of Senior Notes. The notes carry an interest rate of 5.875% and will mature on Jun 15, 2026, subject to customary closing conditions.
JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, BofA Merrill Lynch, Wells Fargo Securities and a few others are acting as joint book-running managers for the purpose. The offering is made under the company’s shelf registration statement.
CDK Global is looking to utilize the net proceeds from the offerings for general corporate purposes, strategic acquisitions and working capital.
We believe these notes will provide financial flexibility to the company and propel long-term growth. Nonetheless, escalating interest expenses due to increased debt burden may dampen its profitability.
Notably, CDK Global exited third-quarter 2018 with $461.4 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments. The company's total debt principal outstanding was $2.09 billion as on Mar 31, 2018. Consequently, raising funds through this public offering will be beneficial for the company.
Further, CDK Global expects to improve liquidity and strengthen balance sheet through prudent investment decisions. Moreover, the senior notes offering will lower the company’s cost of capital, consequently strengthening balance sheet and supporting growth.
The company’s share price movement has been quite unfavorable. In the past year, its shares have returned just 5.1%, underperforming the industry’s growth of 31.4%.
CDK Global reported mixed third-quarter results and lowered its fiscal 2018 guidance. Although the bottom line managed to surpass the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny, the top line missed the same.
The company also reduced fiscal 2018 revenue guidance to 2.5-3% from 3-4%, mainly due to lower-than-expected advertising revenues. The company also reduced GAAP earnings per share for fiscal 2018 to $2.67-$2.72 per share.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
CDKGlobal currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Aspen Technology, Inc. (AZPN - Free Report) , NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA - Free Report) and Citrix Systems, Inc. (CTXS - Free Report) are stocks worth considering in the broader technology sector. All the three stocks sport a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.
Long-term earnings growth rate for Aspen Technology, NVIDIA and Citrix Systems is currently pegged at 10.1%, 10.3% and 9.1%, respectively.
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