Fiserv - Investing In Transforming Leaders Rather Than Disruptors

Jan. 14, 2022 11:18 AM ETFiserv, Inc. (FISV)FIS13 Comments


  • Fiserv is valued as a slow-growth and low return on capital legacy business, although this does not appear to be the case.
  • At present, the expected topline growth rate is far from spectacular, but parts of the business are growing fast and could result in a multiple repricing.
  • Due to the acquisition of First Data, the company's improving profitability is a better measure of business performance than return on capital is.

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Investment thesis

At present, high-quality businesses that are also adapting to the disruptive technologies appear as a safer choice for long-term investors when compared to the highly-priced disruptors.

To begin with, lower-priced companies with highly

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