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AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being Fairly Valued

GuruFocus.com
·4 min read

- By GF Value

The stock of AvalonBay Communities (NYSE:AVB, 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 $187.35 per share and the market cap of $26.1 billion, AvalonBay Communities stock appears to be fairly valued. GF Value for AvalonBay Communities is shown in the chart below.


AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being Fairly Valued
AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being Fairly Valued

Because AvalonBay Communities is fairly valued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be close to the rate of its business growth, which averaged 1.6% over the past 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. AvalonBay Communities has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.03, which is worse than 72% of the companies in REITs industry. The overall financial strength of AvalonBay Communities is 4 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of AvalonBay Communities is poor. This is the debt and cash of AvalonBay Communities over the past years:

AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being Fairly Valued
AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being Fairly Valued

Investing in profitable companies carries less risk, especially in companies that have demonstrated consistent profitability over the long term. Typically, a company with high profit margins offers better performance potential than a company with low profit margins. AvalonBay Communities has been profitable 10 years over the past 10 years. During the past 12 months, the company had revenues of $2.3 billion and earnings of $5.89 a share. Its operating margin of 30.87% worse than 69% of the companies in REITs industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks AvalonBay Communities's profitability as fair. This is the revenue and net income of AvalonBay Communities over the past years:

AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being Fairly Valued
AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being 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 performance of a company's stock. The faster a company is growing, the more likely it is to be creating value for shareholders, especially if the growth is profitable. The 3-year average annual revenue growth rate of AvalonBay Communities is 1.6%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in REITs industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is 1.1%, which ranks in the middle range 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, AvalonBay Communities's ROIC was 3.78, while its WACC came in at 6.40. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of AvalonBay Communities is shown below:

AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being Fairly Valued
AvalonBay Communities Stock Gives Every Indication Of Being Fairly Valued

Overall, the stock of AvalonBay Communities (NYSE:AVB, 30-year Financials) is believed to be fairly valued. The company's financial condition is poor and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks in the middle range of the companies in REITs industry. To learn more about AvalonBay Communities stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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