The stock of AeroCentury (AMEX:ACY, 30-year Financials) appears to be significantly 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 $11.19 per share and the market cap of $17.3 million, AeroCentury stock appears to be significantly overvalued. GF Value for AeroCentury is shown in the chart below.
Because AeroCentury is significantly overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be much lower than its future business growth, which averaged 18.2% over the past 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. AeroCentury has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.04, which which ranks in the bottom 10% of the companies in Business Services industry. The overall financial strength of AeroCentury is 1 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of AeroCentury is poor. This is the debt and cash of AeroCentury 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. AeroCentury has been profitable 6 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $17.4 million and loss of $22.51 a share. Its operating margin is -0.71%, which ranks worse than 71% of the companies in Business Services industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks the profitability of AeroCentury at 6 out of 10, which indicates fair profitability. This is the revenue and net income of AeroCentury over the past years:
Growth is probably the most important factor 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. The faster a company is growing, the more likely it is to be creating value for shareholders, especially if the growth is profitable. The 3-year average annual revenue growth rate of AeroCentury is 18.2%, which ranks better than 86% of the companies in Business Services industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is -52.6%, which ranks in the bottom 10% of the companies in Business Services industry.
Another way to look at the profitability of a company is to compare its return on invested capital and the weighted cost of capital. 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. We want to have the return on invested capital higher than the weighted cost of capital. For the past 12 months, AeroCentury's return on invested capital is -0.06, and its cost of capital is 9.81. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of AeroCentury is shown below:
To conclude, the stock of AeroCentury (AMEX:ACY, 30-year Financials) gives every indication of being significantly overvalued. The company's financial condition is poor and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks in the bottom 10% of the companies in Business Services industry. To learn more about AeroCentury stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.
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