The stock of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable (NAS:APWC, 30-year Financials) gives every indication of being 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 $3.37 per share and the market cap of $46.6 million, Asia Pacific Wire & Cable stock is estimated to be significantly overvalued. GF Value for Asia Pacific Wire & Cable is shown in the chart below.
Because Asia Pacific Wire & Cable is significantly overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be much lower than its future business growth.
Investing in companies with poor financial strength has a higher risk of permanent loss of capital. Thus, it is important to carefully review the financial strength of a company before deciding whether to buy its stock. Looking at the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage is a great starting point for understanding the financial strength of a company. Asia Pacific Wire & Cable has a cash-to-debt ratio of 2.39, which is in the middle range of the companies in Industrial Products industry. GuruFocus ranks the overall financial strength of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable at 7 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable is fair. This is the debt and cash of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable over the past years:
Companies that have been consistently profitable over the long term offer less risk for investors who may want to purchase shares. Higher profit margins usually dictate a better investment compared to a company with lower profit margins. Asia Pacific Wire & Cable has been profitable 7 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $257.1 million and earnings of $0.09 a share. Its operating margin is 3.48%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Industrial Products industry. Overall, the profitability of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable is ranked 5 out of 10, which indicates fair profitability. This is the revenue and net income of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable over the past years:
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. Asia Pacific Wire & Cable's 3-year average revenue growth rate is worse than 75% of the companies in Industrial Products industry. Asia Pacific Wire & Cable's 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is -17.6%, which ranks worse than 85% of the companies in Industrial Products 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, Asia Pacific Wire & Cable's return on invested capital is 2.23, and its cost of capital is 5.63. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable is shown below:
To conclude, the stock of Asia Pacific Wire & Cable (NAS:APWC, 30-year Financials) is estimated to be significantly overvalued. The company's financial condition is fair and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks worse than 85% of the companies in Industrial Products industry. To learn more about Asia Pacific Wire & Cable stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.
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