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Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) Stock Forecast

justin freeman
Justin Freeman trader
Updated 28 Jun 2024

Where Will Juniper Networks’ Stock Price Be in 12 Months?

What is the Juniper Networks stock forecast 12 months out?  Juniper is set to be acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise. However, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has initiated an investigation into the deal, assessing whether it is likely to “result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services.”

HPE is set to pay $40 per share for Juniper. Given the CMA investigation and potential concerns the deal may not close on the current terms, the stock is currently trading just below that level. The acquisition is expected to close late in calendar 2024 or early in 2025.

Following the deal, analysts moved to adjust their rating for Juniper. As a result, the majority (14) have a Hold rating on the stock, with one assigning it a Buy rating.

Who Are Juniper Networks?

When a technology company is embedded in the infrastructure that supports our daily lives, it rarely assumes the status given to a household name. Juniper Networks (JNPR) has been an incredible success story over the past 25 years, yet how many people on the street would recognize it as so?

Investors, however, are well aware that this firm singlehandedly took on Cisco in a ‘David versus Goliath’ brawl back in the early 2000s and has yet to succumb or look back for a minute.

Juniper Networks is a networking technology company and, as such, is deep into routing products and the cloud. It is a global company with nearly 10,000 employees and has focused on every component of the network value chain, from simple management and issue detection to support and security issues. If you are a private company, a governmental unit, or an internet service provider, then you are most likely a customer of this firm or need to be.

What is the Juniper Networks stock forecast, and is it a good buy at this time?


Juniper Networks News

In January, it was announced that Hewlett Packard Enterprise is set to acquire Juniper Networks in an all-cash transaction for $40 per share, representing an equity value of approximately $14 billion.

On June 18, Argus upgraded Juniper to Buy, citing the pending takeover by HPE. The investment firm said its stance on the deal is “more constructive,” and the gap between the current Juniper price and the acquisition price is 13%. This indicates uncertainty among investors that the deal will close on current terms. However, Argus is optimistic the transaction will go through as planned.

On June 20, the CMA announced the launch of its merger inquiry into HPE's deal to buy Juniper. They are considering whether it could result in a substantial lessening of competition within any market or markets in the United Kingdom for goods or services. The CMA set a deadline of August 14 to make a decision on whether to probe the deal in full.

Who Are Juniper Networks?

In 1995, Pradeep Sindhu, a former scientist with Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, was spending an enjoyable vacation when suddenly he had an idea about the burgeoning internet network and the need for more speed and efficiency in how the data was managed and distributed. Packet switching technology was not a novel idea at the time, having had its roots in the 1960s, but the early internet still employed routers that basically handled telephone calls by assigning channels to each individual caller.

Sindhu immediately envisioned a network that would share packets of information, thereby optimizing the use of channels by allowing them to be shared by separate data transmissions. His idea of a modern router would leapfrog the competition and produce speeds beyond what was possible with existing technology. His new firm was founded in 1996 with $2m of seed money. He recruited Scott Kriens to be his chief executive officer while he assumed the role of chief technology officer. Kriens is credited with the early market successes of Juniper Networks.


With great fanfare, Juniper Networks went public on the Nasdaq in April 1999, setting a record for the technology sector in the process with the level of trading attention that it drew. 

By 2004, the firm had cornered 38% of the core router market and had crossed the $1bn mark in revenue. As industry rags quickly noted, Juniper Networks had become the “darling of Wall Street investors,” and for good reason.

Juniper Networks paved the way for optical internet service in China, but soon recoiled when the dot-com bubble burst. All technology companies took a hit. Juniper Networks had to lay off 10% of its workforce, after losing nearly two-thirds of its revenues. It soon recovered, however, in 2004 and doubled its revenue base to $2bn in the year that followed.

Since those early days, Juniper Networks has expanded and contracted on a few occasions, and after Kriens’ leadership at the helm, only three CEOs have followed. When Kriens became chairman in 2008, he brought in Kevin Johnson from Microsoft. Before Johnson’s arrival, the firm had concentrated on hardware solutions as the prudent passageway for more speed, but it needed to focus on software for its future. Johnson quickly established a software team to address the gap.

Juniper is still a formidable competitor in what has evolved into a commodity-type business model. Is Juniper Networks stock a good buy or sell at this point? Analysts like this company. There is potential.


Juniper Networks Stock Forecast

Juniper Networks Long-Term Forecast

From a long-term perspective, the likely acquisition means there is not a lot of forecasting possible. However, prior to the deal announcement, the Juniper Networks share price had been fairly uninspiring. When analysts who specialise in long-term projections used their AI algorithms to model the future, Juniper Networks’ prior pricing history set the stage for doom and gloom five years out.

Juniper Networks is still a mid-cap company. For example, it’s competing with the much larger Cisco and with Arista, a new competitor in the space with a significantly larger market cap. There seems to be no contest before the battle has even begun. 

Nevertheless, assessing the deal, we can see the current share price is below the acquisition price. Therefore, investors that feel the deal will be completed on the current terms may view Juniper shares attractively.

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Is Juniper Networks a Good Buy?

Juniper Networks may be the network infrastructure company that few people have heard of, but it has crafted an excellent reputation in the networking industry over the past 25 years. For those looking to capitalise on the share price currently being below the acquisition price, the stock at current levels may represent an attractive opportunity.

justin freeman
Justin is an active trader with more than 20-years of industry experience. He has worked at big banks and hedge funds including Citigroup, D. E. Shaw and Millennium Capital Management.