Today is Friday, January 3, 2020 and here’s your daily small cap valuation.
Cal-Maine Foods (NASDAQ: CALM) 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 Cal-Maine Foods’ 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
Cal-Maine Foods’ price-to-book value (P/B) ratio of 2.195 is 29.35% higher than its industry average of 1.697. 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)
Cal-Maine Foods’ free cash flow yield (FCF/EV) of -2.72% is 150.75% lower than its industry average of 5.36%. 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
Cal-Maine Foods 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
Cal-Maine Foods 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.
Cal-Maine Foods scored favorably on 0 of our 4 valuation metrics. With this in mind, we believe the stock is very overvalued.
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