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Bloomberg Aug 7, Investors should buy now, while Microsoft is trading at the lowest estimated price-earnings ratio since the world's largest software maker went public 22 years ago, said Heather Bellini of UBS AG, ranked the best software analyst by Institutional Investor magazine in She expects Microsoft to complete the repurchase -- at least five times larger than its average per quarter in the last fiscal year -- over the next three months.
Charly Tracy, director of investor relations, declined to comment further. Only a big buyback will change her mind, she said.
Ballmer told analysts at the July meeting that Microsoft would need to spend at least that much every year just to match Google Inc's research and development -- and more for marketing.
No catching Google "They missed earnings because they spent too much; they lowered guidance because they are going to spend too much," Snorek said.
They're wasting money on a battle that they've already lost. Ballmer then pursued the purchase of Yahoo's search business before giving up.
Investor preoccupation with the company's Web failures has overshadowed Microsoft's Windows, Office and server-software businesses, which make up 81 per cent of sales.
Profit rose 14 per cent last year at the Windows unit, 26 per cent at server software and 15 per cent at the division that includes Office. The shares have fallen too much given the strength of the biggest parts of the business, said Eric Beyrich, a senior portfolio manager at New York-based Loews Corp, the holding company run by New York's Tisch family.
He has been buying. Underperforming peers Microsoft's price-to-cash-flow ratio is The estimated price-earnings ratio is Earnings per share grew 18 per cent last quarter, excluding a charge in the year-earlier period.
Ballmer needs to prove to investors that increasing their returns is a priority, Bellini said. The CEO made the case two weeks ago in his opening speech to analysts, noting that he is a significant shareholder.
Bellini, based in New York, said she suggested to Ballmer that he announce a tender offer. Reverse effect The tender had the effect of proving that Microsoft was worth more than the market price, and a new offer would do the same, according to Bellini.
The stock gained 15 per cent in the two months after the company announced that its repurchase was undersubscribed.Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer, whose botched bid for Yahoo Inc helped drive the stock down 17 per cent since February, is about to make it up to shareholders with a buyback of as much as $20 billion, according to a top-rated software analyst.
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