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McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

·4 min read

- By GF Value

The stock of McDonald's (NYSE:MCD, 30-year Financials) is estimated to be modestly 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 $225.21 per share and the market cap of $167.9 billion, McDonald's stock gives every indication of being modestly overvalued. GF Value for McDonald's is shown in the chart below.


McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued
McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

Because McDonald's is relatively overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be lower than its business growth, which is estimated to grow 3.43% annually over the next three to five years.

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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. McDonald's has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.07, which is worse than 86% of the companies in Restaurants industry. GuruFocus ranks the overall financial strength of McDonald's at 3 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of McDonald's is poor. This is the debt and cash of McDonald's over the past years:

McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued
McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

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. McDonald's has been profitable 10 years over the past 10 years. During the past 12 months, the company had revenues of $19.2 billion and earnings of $6.31 a share. Its operating margin of 37.52% better than 98% of the companies in Restaurants industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks McDonald's's profitability as fair. This is the revenue and net income of McDonald's over the past years:

McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued
McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

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 McDonald's is -2.9%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Restaurants industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is -3%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Restaurants 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, McDonald's's ROIC is 11.85 while its WACC came in at 4.49. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of McDonald's is shown below:

McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued
McDonald's Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

Overall, The stock of McDonald's (NYSE:MCD, 30-year Financials) appears to be modestly overvalued. The company's financial condition is poor and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks in the middle range of the companies in Restaurants industry. To learn more about McDonald's stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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This article first appeared on GuruFocus.