Today is Thursday, June 27, 2019 and here’s your daily small cap valuation.
Heritage Financial Corporation (NASDAQ: HFWA) 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 Heritage Financial 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
Heritage Financial Corporation’s price-to-book value (P/B) ratio of 1.378 is 6.08% higher than its industry average of 1.299. 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)
Heritage Financial Corporation’s free cash flow yield (FCF/EV) of 355.62% is 5518.01% higher than its industry average of 6.33%. 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
Heritage Financial Corporation has grown its earnings per share (EPS) by 33.60% 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
Heritage Financial Corporation’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.
Heritage Financial Corporation scored favorably on 2 of our 4 valuation metrics. With this in mind, we believe the stock is appropriately valued.
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