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Should SEMAFO Inc. (TSE:SMF) Be Your Next Stock Pick?

Simply Wall St

I've been keeping an eye on SEMAFO Inc. (TSE:SMF) because I'm attracted to its fundamentals. Looking at the company as a whole, as a potential stock investment, I believe SMF has a lot to offer. Basically, it is a financially-sound company with a buoyant growth outlook, not yet reflected in the share price. Below is a brief commentary on these key aspects. If you're interested in understanding beyond my broad commentary, take a look at the report on SEMAFO here.

Excellent balance sheet and good value

SMF's share price is trading at below its true value, meaning that the market sentiment for the stock is currently bearish. Investors have the opportunity to buy into the stock to reap capital gains, if SMF's projected earnings trajectory does follow analyst consensus growth, which determines my intrinsic value of the company. Also, relative to the rest of SMF's peers, it is also trading at a value below those of similar sizes in asset terms. This further reaffirms that SMF is potentially undervalued.

TSX:SMF Past and Future Earnings, October 15th 2019

SMF is financially robust, with ample cash on hand and short-term investments to meet upcoming liabilities. This implies that SMF manages its cash and cost levels well, which is a crucial insight into the health of the company. SMF seems to have put its debt to good use, generating operating cash levels of 2.46x total debt in the most recent year. This is also a good indication as to whether debt is properly covered by the company’s cash flows.

TSX:SMF Historical Debt, October 15th 2019

Next Steps:

For SEMAFO, there are three important factors you should further research:

  1. Historical Performance: What has SMF's returns been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  2. Dividend Income vs Capital Gains: Does SMF return gains to shareholders through reinvesting in itself and growing earnings, or redistribute a decent portion of earnings as dividends? Our historical dividend yield visualization quickly tells you what your can expect from SMF as an investment.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of SMF? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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