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Verso Corporation (NYSE:VRS): The Best Of Both Worlds

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Verso Corporation (NYSE:VRS) is a stock with outstanding fundamental characteristics. When we build an investment case, we need to look at the stock with a holistic perspective. In the case of VRS, it is a financially-healthy company with an impressive history of performance, trading at a great value. Below, I've touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. For those interested in digging a bit deeper into my commentary, take a look at the report on Verso here.

Flawless balance sheet and undervalued

VRS has a strong track record of performance. In the previous year, VRS delivered an impressive double-digit return of 22%. Unsurprisingly, VRS surpassed the Forestry industry return of 16%, which gives us more confidence of the company's capacity to drive earnings going forward. VRS's strong financial health means that all of its upcoming liability payments are able to be met by its current cash and short-term investment holdings. This implies that VRS manages its cash and cost levels well, which is a key determinant of the company’s health. VRS appears to have made good use of debt, producing operating cash levels of 5.09x total debt in the prior year. This is a strong indication that debt is reasonably met with cash generated.

NYSE:VRS Income Statement, July 17th 2019

VRS is currently trading below its true value, which means the market is undervaluing the company's expected cash flow going forward. Investors have the opportunity to buy into the stock to reap capital gains, if VRS's projected earnings trajectory does follow analyst consensus growth, which determines my intrinsic value of the company. Compared to the rest of the forestry industry, VRS is also trading below its peers, relative to earnings generated. This bolsters the proposition that VRS's price is currently discounted.

NYSE:VRS Price Estimation Relative to Market, July 17th 2019

Next Steps:

For Verso, I've compiled three relevant aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for VRS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for VRS’s outlook.
  2. Dividend Income vs Capital Gains: Does VRS 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 VRS as an investment.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of VRS? 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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