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Is Sprague Resources (NYSE: SRLP) Undervalued or Overvalued?

Written by Wealth Daily Research Team
Posted March 11, 2019 at 10:19AM

Today is Monday, March 11, 2019 and here’s your daily small cap valuation.

Sprague Resources (NYSE: SRLP) 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 Sprague Resources' 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

Sprague Resources' price-to-book value (P/B) ratio of 2.715 is 79.21% higher than its industry average of 1.515. 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)

Sprague Resources' free cash flow yield (FCF/EV) of 10.75% is 16.47% higher than its industry average of 9.23%. 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

Sprague Resources 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

Sprague Resources 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.

The Takeaway

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

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