Is Buckle (NYSE: BKE) Undervalued or Overvalued?
Today is Wednesday, May 15, 2019 and here’s your daily small cap valuation.
Buckle (NYSE: BKE) is a small-cap stock that could have a lot of potential. But it’s hard to value smaller companies like this. Conventional valuation metrics like price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, profit margin, and return on equity (ROE) may not be available for them.
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To get a sense of Buckle's true valuation, let’s compare it to its industry peers — and to itself one year ago. We’ll look at four small cap valuation metrics…
Price-to-Book Value (P/B) Ratio
Buckle's price-to-book value (P/B) ratio of 2.28 is 64.20% lower than its industry average of 6.368. That’s good. A low P/B ratio indicates that the company has a solid balance sheet — and that based on its balance sheet, the stock is trading for unusually cheap.
Free Cash Flow Yield (FCF/Enterprise Value)
Buckle's free cash flow yield (FCF/EV) of 14.51% is 277.86% higher than its industry average of 3.84%. That’s good. This metric compares free cash flow (the amount of cash left over after all expenses and capital expenditures have been paid) with enterprise value (a comprehensive alternative to market cap that includes cash and debt).
A high free cash flow yield indicates that a company is performing efficiently — and that it’s in a good position to repay any debt on its books.
Earnings per Share (EPS) Growth
Buckle has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by 5.38% in the last year. That’s good. Many smaller, newer companies have negative earnings for a few years, but that’s okay as long as earnings are going up over time.
Gross Margin Growth
Buckle has not grown its gross margin in the last year. That’s not good. It indicates that the company is making less money from its operations over time.
Buckle scored favorably on 3 of our 4 valuation metrics. With this in mind, we believe the stock is slightly undervalued.
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