Value-focused investors are always on the hunt for stocks that are priced below their intrinsic value. One such stock that merits attention is Sunrun Inc (NASDAQ:RUN). The stock, which is currently priced at 11.82, recorded a loss of 4.79% in a day and a 3-month decrease of 33.27%. The stock's fair valuation is $43.56, as indicated by its GF Value.
Understanding the GF Value
The GF Value represents the current intrinsic value of a stock derived from our exclusive method. The GF Value Line on our summary page gives an overview of the fair value that the stock should be traded at. It is calculated based on historical multiples (PE Ratio, PS Ratio, PB Ratio and Price-to-Free-Cash-Flow) that the stock has traded at, GuruFocus adjustment factor based on the company's past returns and growth, and future estimates of the business performance.
Consideration of Risk Factors
However, investors need to consider a more in-depth analysis before making an investment decision. Despite its seemingly attractive valuation, certain risk factors associated with Sunrun should not be ignored. These risks are primarily reflected through its low Altman Z-score of 0.19. These indicators suggest that Sunrun, despite its apparent undervaluation, might be a potential value trap. This complexity underlines the importance of thorough due diligence in investment decision-making.
Understanding the Altman Z-score
Before delving into the details, let's understand what the Altman Z-score entails. Invented by New York University Professor Edward I. Altman in 1968, the Z-Score is a financial model that predicts the probability of a company entering bankruptcy within a two-year time frame. The Altman Z-Score combines five different financial ratios, each weighted to create a final score. A score below 1.8 suggests a high likelihood of financial distress, while a score above 3 indicates a low risk.
Sunrun is engaged in the design, development, installation, sale, ownership, and maintenance of residential solar energy systems in the United States. The company acquires customers directly and through relationships with various solar and strategic partners. The solar systems are constructed either by Sunrun or by Sunrun's partners and are owned by the company. Sunrun's customers typically enter into 20- to 25-year agreements to utilize its solar energy system. The company also sells solar energy systems and products, such as panels and racking, and solar leads generated to customers.
Sunrun's Low Altman Z-Score: A Breakdown of Key Drivers
A dissection of Sunrun's Altman Z-score reveals Sunrun's financial health may be weak, suggesting possible financial distress.
Despite its seemingly attractive valuation, Sunrun might be a potential value trap due to its low Altman Z-score and other financial health indicators. Therefore, investors should exercise caution and conduct thorough due diligence before making an investment decision.
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