Stag Industrial Stock Gives Ev

The stock of Stag Industrial (NYSE:STAG, 30-year Financials) appears to be modestly overvalued, according to GuruFocus Value calculation. GuruFocus Value is GuruFocus’ estimate of the fair value at which the stock should be traded. It is calculated based on the historical multiples that the stock has traded at, the past business growth and analyst estimates of future business performance. If the price of a stock is significantly above the GF Value Line, it is overvalued and its future return is likely to be poor. On the other hand, if it is significantly below the GF Value Line, its future return will likely be higher. At its current price of $38.03 per share and the market cap of $6.1 billion, Stag Industrial stock is estimated to be modestly overvalued. GF Value for Stag Industrial is shown in the chart below.

Because Stag Industrial is relatively overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be lower than its business growth.

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Since investing in companies with low financial strength could result in permanent capital loss, investors must carefully review a company’s financial strength before deciding whether to buy shares. Looking at the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage can give a good initial perspective on the company’s financial strength. Stag Industrial has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.01, which ranks worse than 88{df062b8f362fea3ad554c6c90c50e0dac4ff01de4668794de908559e9684c452} of the companies in REITs industry. Based on this, GuruFocus ranks Stag Industrial’s financial strength as 4 out of 10, suggesting poor balance sheet. This is the debt and cash of Stag Industrial over the past years:

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It is less risky to invest in profitable companies, especially those with consistent profitability over long term. A company with high profit margins is usually a safer investment than those with low profit margins. Stag Industrial has been profitable 6 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $498.9 million and earnings of $1.03 a share. Its operating margin is 28.36{df062b8f362fea3ad554c6c90c50e0dac4ff01de4668794de908559e9684c452}, which ranks worse than 69{df062b8f362fea3ad554c6c90c50e0dac4ff01de4668794de908559e9684c452} of the companies in REITs industry. Overall, the profitability of Stag Industrial is ranked 6 out of 10, which indicates fair profitability. This is the revenue and net income of Stag Industrial over the past years:

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Growth is probably one of the most important factors in the valuation of a company. GuruFocus’ research has found that growth is closely correlated with the long-term performance of a company’s stock. If a company’s business is growing, the company usually creates value for its shareholders, especially if the growth is profitable. Likewise, if a company’s revenue and earnings are declining, the value of the company will decrease. Stag Industrial’s 3-year average revenue growth rate is in the middle range of the companies in REITs industry. Stag Industrial’s 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is 8.6{df062b8f362fea3ad554c6c90c50e0dac4ff01de4668794de908559e9684c452}, which ranks better than 78{df062b8f362fea3ad554c6c90c50e0dac4ff01de4668794de908559e9684c452} of the companies in REITs industry.

Another way to evaluate a company’s profitability is to compare its return on invested capital (ROIC) to its weighted cost of capital (WACC). Return on invested capital (ROIC) measures how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business. The weighted average cost of capital (WACC) is the rate that a company is expected to pay on average to all its security holders to finance its assets. If the ROIC is higher than the WACC, it indicates that the company is creating value for shareholders. Over the past 12 months, Stag Industrial’s ROIC was 3.22, while its WACC came in at 6.20. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Stag Industrial is shown below:

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Overall, Stag Industrial (NYSE:STAG, 30-year Financials) stock is believed to be modestly overvalued. The company’s financial condition is poor and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks better than 78{df062b8f362fea3ad554c6c90c50e0dac4ff01de4668794de908559e9684c452} of the companies in REITs industry. To learn more about Stag Industrial stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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