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Why Countryside Properties PLC (LON:CSP) Is An Attractive Investment To Consider

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Countryside Properties PLC (LON:CSP) is a company with exceptional fundamental characteristics. Upon building up an investment case for a stock, we should look at various aspects. In the case of CSP, it is a financially-sound company with a great history of performance, trading at a discount. Below is a brief commentary on these key aspects. If you're interested in understanding beyond my broad commentary, read the full report on Countryside Properties here.

Flawless balance sheet and good value

CSP has a strong track record of performance. In the previous year, CSP delivered an impressive double-digit return of 12% Not surprisingly, CSP outperformed its industry which returned 9.1%, giving us more conviction of the company's capacity to drive bottom-line growth going forward. CSP is financially robust, with ample cash on hand and short-term investments to meet upcoming liabilities. This implies that CSP manages its cash and cost levels well, which is a crucial insight into the health of the company. CSP seems to have put its debt to good use, generating operating cash levels of 1.56x 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.

LSE:CSP Income Statement, September 19th 2019

CSP's shares are now trading at a price below its true value based on its discounted cash flows, indicating a relatively pessimistic market sentiment. Investors have the opportunity to buy into the stock to reap capital gains, if CSP's projected earnings trajectory does follow analyst consensus growth, which determines my intrinsic value of the company. Compared to the rest of the consumer durables industry, CSP is also trading below its peers, relative to earnings generated. This bolsters the proposition that CSP's price is currently discounted.

LSE:CSP Intrinsic value, September 19th 2019

Next Steps:

For Countryside Properties, I've compiled three key aspects you should further research:

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