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The stock of CRISPR Therapeutics AG (NAS:CRSP, 30-year Financials) gives every indication 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 $131.88 per share and the market cap of $10 billion, CRISPR Therapeutics AG stock is estimated to be significantly overvalued. GF Value for CRISPR Therapeutics AG is shown in the chart below.
Because CRISPR Therapeutics AG is significantly overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be much lower than its future business growth.
Investing in companies with poor financial strength has a higher risk of permanent loss of capital. Thus, it is important to carefully review the financial strength of a company before deciding whether to buy its stock. Looking at the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage is a great starting point for understanding the financial strength of a company. CRISPR Therapeutics AG has a cash-to-debt ratio of 27.52, which is in the middle range of the companies in Biotechnology industry. GuruFocus ranks the overall financial strength of CRISPR Therapeutics AG at 6 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of CRISPR Therapeutics AG is fair. This is the debt and cash of CRISPR Therapeutics AG over the past years:
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. CRISPR Therapeutics AG has been profitable 1 years over the past 10 years. During the past 12 months, the company had revenues of $0.7 million and loss of $5.29 a share. Its operating margin of -49295.55% in the bottom 10% of the companies in Biotechnology industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks CRISPR Therapeutics AG's profitability as poor. This is the revenue and net income of CRISPR Therapeutics AG 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 CRISPR Therapeutics AG is -77.9%, which ranks worse than 89% of the companies in Biotechnology industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is -50.4%, which ranks in the bottom 10% of the companies in Biotechnology industry.
One can also evaluate a company's profitability by comparing its return on invested capital (ROIC) to its weighted average 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 return on invested capital exceeds the weighted average cost of capital, the company is likely creating value for its shareholders. During the past 12 months, CRISPR Therapeutics AG's ROIC is -321.26 while its WACC came in at 12.62. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of CRISPR Therapeutics AG is shown below:
To conclude, CRISPR Therapeutics AG (NAS:CRSP, 30-year Financials) stock shows every sign of being significantly overvalued. The company's financial condition is fair and its profitability is poor. Its growth ranks in the bottom 10% of the companies in Biotechnology industry. To learn more about CRISPR Therapeutics AG stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.
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