The stock of Qualcomm (NAS:QCOM, 30-year Financials) shows every sign of being 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 $134.34 per share and the market cap of $151.5 billion, Qualcomm stock gives every indication of being modestly overvalued. GF Value for Qualcomm is shown in the chart below.
Because Qualcomm is relatively overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be lower than its business growth, which averaged 11.1% over the past three years and is estimated to grow 11.74% 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. Qualcomm has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.73, which which ranks worse than 70% of the companies in Semiconductors industry. The overall financial strength of Qualcomm is 5 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of Qualcomm is fair. This is the debt and cash of Qualcomm over the past years:
Investing in profitable companies carries less risk, especially in companies that have demonstrated consistent profitability over the long term. Typically, a company with high profit margins offers better performance potential than a company with low profit margins. Qualcomm has been profitable 9 years over the past 10 years. During the past 12 months, the company had revenues of $29.4 billion and earnings of $6.97 a share. Its operating margin of 30.35% better than 94% of the companies in Semiconductors industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks Qualcomm's profitability as strong. This is the revenue and net income of Qualcomm 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 Qualcomm is 11.1%, which ranks better than 72% of the companies in Semiconductors industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth is 26.5%, which ranks better than 74% of the companies in Semiconductors 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, Qualcomm's ROIC is 35.45 while its WACC came in at 8.47. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Qualcomm is shown below:
In short, The stock of Qualcomm (NAS:QCOM, 30-year Financials) is believed to be modestly overvalued. The company's financial condition is fair and its profitability is strong. Its growth ranks better than 74% of the companies in Semiconductors industry. To learn more about Qualcomm stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.
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