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Is First Interstate BancSystem (NASDAQ: FIBK) Undervalued or Overvalued?

Written by Wealth Daily Research Team
Posted July 8, 2019

Today is Monday, July 8, 2019 and here’s your daily small cap valuation.

First Interstate BancSystem (NASDAQ: FIBK) 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 First Interstate BancSystem'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

First Interstate BancSystem's price-to-book value (P/B) ratio of 1.484 is 10.01% higher than its industry average of 1.349. That’s not good. A high P/B ratio may indicate that there’s something wrong with the company’s balance sheet — or that the stock is trading for an unusually high price based on its balance sheet.

Free Cash Flow Yield (FCF/Enterprise Value)

First Interstate BancSystem's free cash flow yield (FCF/EV) of -23.98% is 606.98% lower than its industry average of 4.73%. That’s not 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 low free cash flow yield indicates that a company is performing inefficiently — or that it’s struggling with the debt on its books.

Earnings per Share (EPS) Growth

First Interstate BancSystem has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by 28.31% 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

First Interstate BancSystem's gross margin is undefined. That’s not good. This may indicate that the company has failed to file an income statement properly. We have to fault it for this.

The Takeaway

First Interstate BancSystem scored favorably on 1 of our 4 valuation metrics. With this in mind, we believe the stock is slightly overvalued.

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