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Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

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The stock of Okta (NAS:OKTA, 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 $219.17 per share and the market cap of $28.8 billion, Okta stock is estimated to be modestly overvalued. GF Value for Okta is shown in the chart below.


Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued
Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

Because Okta is relatively overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be lower than its business growth, which averaged 28.6% over the past three years and is estimated to grow 33.04% annually over the next three to five years.

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Since investing in companies with low financial strength could result in permanent capital loss, investors must carefully review a company's financial strength before deciding whether to buy shares. Looking at the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage can give a good initial perspective on the company's financial strength. Okta has a cash-to-debt ratio of 1.30, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Software industry. Based on this, GuruFocus ranks Okta's financial strength as 4 out of 10, suggesting poor balance sheet. This is the debt and cash of Okta over the past years:

Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued
Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

It poses less risk to invest in profitable companies, especially those that have demonstrated consistent profitability over the long term. A company with high profit margins is also typically a safer investment than one with low profit margins. Okta has been profitable 0 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $835.4 million and loss of $2.09 a share. Its operating margin is -24.44%, which ranks worse than 78% of the companies in Software industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks the profitability of Okta at 3 out of 10, which indicates poor profitability. This is the revenue and net income of Okta over the past years:

Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued
Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

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. Okta's 3-year average revenue growth rate is better than 87% of the companies in Software industry. Okta's 3-year average EBITDA growth rate is 0.3%, which ranks worse than 71% of the companies in Software 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, Okta's ROIC was -18.40, while its WACC came in at 8.31. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Okta is shown below:

Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued
Okta Stock Appears To Be Modestly Overvalued

In conclusion, the stock of Okta (NAS:OKTA, 30-year Financials) is estimated to be modestly overvalued. The company's financial condition is poor and its profitability is poor. Its growth ranks worse than 71% of the companies in Software industry. To learn more about Okta stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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This article first appeared on GuruFocus.