XOM Stock – Exxon Mobil Stock Shows Every Sign Of Being Modestly Overvalued
The stock of Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM, 30-year Financials) is estimated 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 $57.4 per share and the market cap of $243 billion, Exxon Mobil stock shows every sign of being modestly overvalued. GF Value for Exxon Mobil is shown in the chart below.
Because Exxon Mobil is relatively overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be lower than its business growth.
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Companies with poor financial strength offer investors a high risk of permanent capital loss. To avoid permanent capital loss, an investor must do their research and review a company’s financial strength before deciding to purchase shares. Both the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage of a company are a great way to to understand its financial strength. Exxon Mobil has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.07, which which ranks worse than 79% of the companies in Oil & Gas industry. The overall financial strength of Exxon Mobil is 4 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of Exxon Mobil is poor. This is the debt and cash of Exxon Mobil over the past years:
Companies that have been consistently profitable over the long term offer less risk for investors who may want to purchase shares. Higher profit margins usually dictate a better investment compared to a company with lower profit margins. Exxon Mobil has been profitable 9 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $178.6 billion and loss of $5.25 a share. Its operating margin is -16.49%, which ranks worse than 72% of the companies in Oil & Gas industry. Overall, the profitability of Exxon Mobil is ranked 5 out of 10, which indicates fair profitability. This is the revenue and net income of Exxon Mobil over the past years:
Growth is probably the most important factor in the valuation of a company. GuruFocus research has found that growth is closely correlated with the long term stock performance of a company. A faster growing company creates more value for shareholders, especially if the growth is profitable. The 3-year average annual revenue growth of Exxon Mobil is -9.1%, which ranks worse than 66% of the companies in Oil & Gas industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is -22.5%, which ranks worse than 76% of the companies in Oil & Gas industry.
Another method of determining the profitability of a company is to compare its return on invested capital to the weighted average cost of capital. 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. When the ROIC is higher than the WACC, it implies the company is creating value for shareholders. For the past 12 months, Exxon Mobil’s return on invested capital is -7.24, and its cost of capital is 8.89. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Exxon Mobil is shown below:
In summary, the stock of Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM, 30-year Financials) appears to be modestly overvalued. The company’s financial condition is poor and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks worse than 76% of the companies in Oil & Gas industry. To learn more about Exxon Mobil stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.
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