The stock of Alphabet (NAS:GOOG, 30-year Financials) is estimated to be modestly overvalued, according to GuruFocus Value calculation. GuruFocus Value is GuruFocus’ estimate of the fair value at which the stock should be traded. It is calculated based on the historical multiples that the stock has traded at, the past business growth and analyst estimates of future business performance. If the price of a stock is significantly above the GF Value Line, it is overvalued and its future return is likely to be poor. On the other hand, if it is significantly below the GF Value Line, its future return will likely be higher. At its current price of $2035.55 per share and the market cap of $1368.5 billion, Alphabet stock gives every indication of being modestly overvalued. GF Value for Alphabet is shown in the chart below.
Because Alphabet is relatively overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be lower than its business growth, which averaged 16.5% over the past three years and is estimated to grow 15.08% annually over the next three to five years.
Companies with poor financial strength offer investors a high risk of permanent capital loss. To avoid permanent capital loss, an investor must do their research and review a company’s financial strength before deciding to purchase shares. Both the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage of a company are a great way to to understand its financial strength. Alphabet has a cash-to-debt ratio of 5.11, which which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Interactive Media industry. The overall financial strength of Alphabet is 8 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of Alphabet is strong. This is the debt and cash of Alphabet over the past years:
It poses less risk to invest in profitable companies, especially those that have demonstrated consistent profitability over the long term. A company with high profit margins is also typically a safer investment than one with low profit margins. Alphabet has been profitable 10 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $182.5 billion and earnings of $58.7 a share. Its operating margin is 22.59%, which ranks better than 79% of the companies in Interactive Media industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks the profitability of Alphabet at 9 out of 10, which indicates strong profitability. This is the revenue and net income of Alphabet over the past years:
One of the most important factors in the valuation of a company is growth. Long-term stock performance is closely correlated with growth according to GuruFocus research. Companies that grow faster create more value for shareholders, especially if that growth is profitable. The average annual revenue growth of Alphabet is 16.5%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Interactive Media industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth is 20.2%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Interactive Media industry.
One can also evaluate a company’s profitability by comparing its return on invested capital (ROIC) to its weighted average cost of capital (WACC). Return on invested capital (ROIC) measures how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business. The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the rate that a company is expected to pay on average to all its security holders to finance its assets. If the return on invested capital exceeds the weighted average cost of capital, the company is likely creating value for its shareholders. During the past 12 months, Alphabet’s ROIC is 22.51 while its WACC came in at 7.32. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Alphabet is shown below:
Overall, the stock of Alphabet (NAS:GOOG, 30-year Financials)gives every indication of being modestly overvalued. The company’s financial condition is strong and its profitability is strong. Its growth ranks in the middle range of the companies in Interactive Media industry. To learn more about Alphabet stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here. To find out the high quality companies that may deliever above average returns, please check out GuruFocus High Quality Low Capex Screener.
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