Today is Friday, May 3, 2019 and here’s your daily small cap valuation.
TransAlta Corporation (NYSE: TAC) 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 TransAlta 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
TransAlta Corporation’s price-to-book value (P/B) ratio of 1.275 is 23.29% lower than its industry average of 1.662. That’s good. A low P/B ratio indicates that the company has a solid balance sheet — and that based on its balance sheet, the stock is trading for unusually cheap.
Free Cash Flow Yield (FCF/Enterprise Value)
TransAlta Corporation’s free cash flow yield (FCF/EV) of 7.02% is 101.13% higher than its industry average of -621.12%. 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
TransAlta 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
TransAlta Corporation 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.
TransAlta 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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