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3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued

GuruFocus.com
·4 min read

- By GF Value

The stock of 3M Co (NYSE:MMM, 30-year Financials) gives every indication of being fairly valued, 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 $194.64 per share and the market cap of $112.8 billion, 3M Co stock appears to be fairly valued. GF Value for 3M Co is shown in the chart below.


3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued
3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued

Because 3M Co is fairly valued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be close to the rate of its business growth, which averaged 2.3% over the past three years and is estimated to grow 2.90% annually over the next three to five years.

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It is always important to check the financial strength of a company before buying its stock. Investing in companies with poor financial strength have a higher risk of permanent loss. Looking at the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage is a great way to understand the financial strength of a company. 3M Co has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.26, which is worse than 80% of the companies in Industrial Products industry. The overall financial strength of 3M Co is 5 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of 3M Co is fair. This is the debt and cash of 3M Co over the past years:

3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued
3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued

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. 3M Co has been profitable 10 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $32.2 billion and earnings of $9.25 a share. Its operating margin is 21.04%, which ranks better than 94% of the companies in Industrial Products industry. Overall, the profitability of 3M Co is ranked 8 out of 10, which indicates strong profitability. This is the revenue and net income of 3M Co over the past years:

3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued
3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued

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 3M Co is 2.3%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Industrial Products industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is 0.8%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Industrial Products 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, 3M Co's ROIC was 14.30, while its WACC came in at 6.41. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of 3M Co is shown below:

3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued
3M Co Stock Appears To Be Fairly Valued

Overall, the stock of 3M Co (NYSE:MMM, 30-year Financials) shows every sign of being fairly valued. The company's financial condition is fair and its profitability is strong. Its growth ranks in the middle range of the companies in Industrial Products industry. To learn more about 3M Co stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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This article first appeared on GuruFocus.