Energy Company of Minas Gerais Stock Shows Every Sign Of Being Modestly Undervalued

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Apr 10, 2021
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The stock of Energy Company of Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG, 30-year Financials) gives every indication of being modestly undervalued, 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 $2.16 per share and the market cap of $3.4 billion, Energy Company of Minas Gerais stock gives every indication of being modestly undervalued. GF Value for Energy Company of Minas Gerais is shown in the chart below.

Energy Company of Minas Gerais GF Value Chart

Because Energy Company of Minas Gerais is relatively undervalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be higher than its business growth, which averaged 5.3% over the past three years and is estimated to grow 2.64% annually over the next three to five years.

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Since investing in companies with low financial strength could result in permanent capital loss, investors must carefully review a company's financial strength before deciding whether to buy shares. Looking at the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage can give a good initial perspective on the company's financial strength. Energy Company of Minas Gerais has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.30, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in the industry of Utilities - Regulated. Based on this, GuruFocus ranks Energy Company of Minas Gerais's financial strength as 4 out of 10, suggesting poor balance sheet. This is the debt and cash of Energy Company of Minas Gerais over the past years:

debt and cash

It is less risky to invest in profitable companies, especially those with consistent profitability over long term. A company with high profit margins is usually a safer investment than those with low profit margins. Energy Company of Minas Gerais has been profitable 10 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $4.2 billion and earnings of $0.567 a share. Its operating margin is 18.75%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in the industry of Utilities - Regulated. Overall, the profitability of Energy Company of Minas Gerais is ranked 7 out of 10, which indicates fair profitability. This is the revenue and net income of Energy Company of Minas Gerais over the past years:

Revnue and Net Income

Growth is probably one of the most important factors in the valuation of a company. GuruFocus' research has found that growth is closely correlated with the long-term performance of a company's stock. If a company's business is growing, the company usually creates value for its shareholders, especially if the growth is profitable. Likewise, if a company's revenue and earnings are declining, the value of the company will decrease. Energy Company of Minas Gerais's 3-year average revenue growth rate is in the middle range of the companies in the industry of Utilities - Regulated. Energy Company of Minas Gerais's 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is 22.7%, which ranks better than 83% of the companies in the industry of Utilities - Regulated.

Another way to evaluate a company's profitability is to compare its return on invested capital (ROIC) to its weighted 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 ROIC is higher than the WACC, it indicates that the company is creating value for shareholders. Over the past 12 months, Energy Company of Minas Gerais's ROIC was 4.55, while its WACC came in at 7.98. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Energy Company of Minas Gerais is shown below:

ROIC vs WACC

In summary, Energy Company of Minas Gerais (NYSE:CIG, 30-year Financials) stock is estimated to be modestly undervalued. The company's financial condition is poor and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks better than 83% of the companies in the industry of Utilities - Regulated. To learn more about Energy Company of Minas Gerais stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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