Is Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) Undervalued or Overvalued?
Today is Wednesday, August 7, 2019 and here’s your daily small cap valuation.
Hydrogenics Corporation (NASDAQ: HYGS) 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.
To get a sense of Hydrogenics Corporation'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
Hydrogenics Corporation's price-to-book value (P/B) ratio of 9.906 is 268.53% higher than its industry average of 2.688. 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)
Hydrogenics Corporation's free cash flow yield (FCF/EV) of -4.89% is 248.18% lower than its industry average of 3.30%. 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
Hydrogenics Corporation has not grown its earnings per share (EPS) in the last year. That’s not good. Negative earnings aren’t the end of the world — they’re fairly common among smaller, newer companies — but if earnings are falling over time, that’s definitely a bad sign.
Gross Margin Growth
Hydrogenics Corporation has grown its gross margin by 20.61% in the last year. That’s good. Many young small caps are unprofitable, so net profit margin isn’t always a useful measure. But a growing gross margin means that the company’s operations are getting more and more profitable over time.
Hydrogenics Corporation scored favorably on 1 of our 4 valuation metrics. With this in mind, we believe the stock is slightly overvalued.
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