- By GF Value
The stock of Avid Technology (NAS:AVID, 30-year Financials) shows every sign of being significantly 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 $19.8 per share and the market cap of $880.9 million, Avid Technology stock is estimated to be significantly overvalued. GF Value for Avid Technology is shown in the chart below.
Because Avid Technology is significantly overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be much lower than its future business growth.
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. Avid Technology has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.33, which which ranks in the bottom 10% of the companies in Interactive Media industry. The overall financial strength of Avid Technology is 3 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of Avid Technology is poor. This is the debt and cash of Avid Technology over the past years:
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. Avid Technology has been profitable 8 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $360.5 million and earnings of $0.24 a share. Its operating margin is 10.16%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Interactive Media industry. Overall, the profitability of Avid Technology is ranked 6 out of 10, which indicates fair profitability. This is the revenue and net income of Avid Technology over the past years:
One of the most important factors in the valuation of a company is growth. Long-term stock performance is closely correlated with growth according to GuruFocus research. Companies that grow faster create more value for shareholders, especially if that growth is profitable. The average annual revenue growth of Avid Technology is -7.7%, which ranks worse than 74% of the companies in Interactive Media industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth is 9.1%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Interactive Media 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, Avid Technology's return on invested capital is 15.14, and its cost of capital is 11.20. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Avid Technology is shown below:
In closing, Avid Technology (NAS:AVID, 30-year Financials) stock is believed to be significantly overvalued. The company's financial condition is poor and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks in the middle range of the companies in Interactive Media industry. To learn more about Avid Technology stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.
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