- By GF Value
The stock of Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM, 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 $234.9 per share and the market cap of $217.5 billion, Salesforce.com stock is believed to be fairly valued. GF Value for Salesforce.com is shown in the chart below.
Because Salesforce.com is fairly valued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be close to the rate of its business growth, which averaged 16.8% over the past three years and is estimated to grow 19.45% annually over the next three to five years.
It is always important to check the financial strength of a company before buying its stock. Investing in companies with poor financial strength have a higher risk of permanent loss. Looking at the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage is a great way to understand the financial strength of a company. Salesforce.com has a cash-to-debt ratio of 2.45, which is in the middle range of the companies in Software industry. The overall financial strength of Salesforce.com is 6 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of Salesforce.com is fair. This is the debt and cash of Salesforce.com over the past years:
Companies that have been consistently profitable over the long term offer less risk for investors who may want to purchase shares. Higher profit margins usually dictate a better investment compared to a company with lower profit margins. Salesforce.com has been profitable 5 over the past 10 years. Over the past twelve months, the company had a revenue of $22.4 billion and earnings of $4.78 a share. Its operating margin is 4.25%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Software industry. Overall, the profitability of Salesforce.com is ranked 6 out of 10, which indicates fair profitability. This is the revenue and net income of Salesforce.com 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 Salesforce.com is 16.8%, which ranks better than 76% of the companies in Software industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth is 28.2%, which ranks better than 73% 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, Salesforce.com's ROIC was 2.52, while its WACC came in at 8.18.
Overall, the stock of Salesforce.com (NYSE:CRM, 30-year Financials) shows every sign of being fairly valued. The company's financial condition is fair and its profitability is fair. Its growth ranks better than 73% of the companies in Software industry. To learn more about Salesforce.com stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.
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