Paychex: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

One of the best ways to develop a picture of any company is with the SWOT analysis -- a look at a company's strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Today I'd like to focus on Paychex (Nasdaq: PAYX  ) , the payroll and human resources provider that I called The Best Growth Stock You're Totally Overlooking last fall.



  • Cost advantages
  • Breadth of services
  • Market insights


  • Name recognition in a fragmented market
  • Affords pricing power

Sticky nature of core services:

  • Recurring transactions
  • High switching costs


  • Difficult to reinvest capital at high ROICs
  • New services consume managerial mindshare


Cross-selling of new services

Organic market-share gains:

  • Unique value proposition
  • Market is largely untapped

Roll-up acquisitions


Irrational industry pricing

High unemployment:

  • Fewer checks cut
  • Reduced float
  • Lower interest rates

Regulatory environment

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Joe Magyer is a senior analyst at The Motley Fool. Joe owns shares of Paychex, which is an Inside Value and Income Investor recommendation. Read about the Fool's disclosure policy here.

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