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CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be Fairly Valued

GuruFocus.com
·4 min read

- By GF Value

The stock of CatchMark Timber Trust (NYSE:CTT, 30-year Financials) appears to be 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 $10.44 per share and the market cap of $509.1 million, CatchMark Timber Trust stock is believed to be fairly valued. GF Value for CatchMark Timber Trust is shown in the chart below.


CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be Fairly Valued
CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be Fairly Valued

Because CatchMark Timber Trust is fairly valued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be close to the rate of 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. CatchMark Timber Trust has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.03, which which ranks worse than 72% of the companies in REITs industry. The overall financial strength of CatchMark Timber Trust is 3 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of CatchMark Timber Trust is poor. This is the debt and cash of CatchMark Timber Trust over the past years:

CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be Fairly Valued
CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be 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. CatchMark Timber Trust has been profitable 1 years over the past 10 years. During the past 12 months, the company had revenues of $104.3 million and loss of $0.37 a share. Its operating margin of 1.58% in the bottom 10% of the companies in REITs industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks CatchMark Timber Trust's profitability as poor. This is the revenue and net income of CatchMark Timber Trust over the past years:

CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be Fairly Valued
CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be Fairly Valued

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. CatchMark Timber Trust's 3-year average revenue growth rate is worse than 68% of the companies in REITs industry. CatchMark Timber Trust's 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is -5.9%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in REITs industry.

Another way to look at the profitability of a company is to compare its return on invested capital and the weighted 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. We want to have the return on invested capital higher than the weighted cost of capital. For the past 12 months, CatchMark Timber Trust's return on invested capital is 0.28, and its cost of capital is 7.17. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of CatchMark Timber Trust is shown below:

CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be Fairly Valued
CatchMark Timber Trust Stock Is Believed To Be Fairly Valued

In short, The stock of CatchMark Timber Trust (NYSE:CTT, 30-year Financials) shows every sign of being fairly valued. The company's financial condition is poor and its profitability is poor. Its growth ranks in the middle range of the companies in REITs industry. To learn more about CatchMark Timber Trust stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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