JP Morgan Upgrades MapInfo

Analyst Paul Coster believes the location-based software maker is undervalued

JP Morgan upgrades MapInfo Corp (MAPS ) to overweight from neutral.

Analyst Paul Coster believes the stock is undervalued. He says MapInfo is the leading global supplier of location intelligence solutions. He notes it entered fiscal 2005 (Sept.) with more diversified business, new products, and expanding addressable markets.

He sees 23% sales growth in fiscal 2005, or about 12% exclcluding its Southbank acquisition, with an upside assuming MapInfo realizes cross-selling synergies from both Southbank and Thompson Associates.

Coster says he's a penny ahead of the fiscal 2005 earnings-per-share consensus at 45 cents, on sales of $153.4 million. He notes the company has met or beat consensus expectations in each of last eight quarters.

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