Carriage Services Stock Appears To Be Significantly Overvalued

– By GF Value

The stock of Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV, 30-year Financials) is believed to be significantly overvalued, 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 $35 per share and the market cap of $630.6 million, Carriage Services stock shows every sign of being significantly overvalued. GF Value for Carriage Services is shown in the chart below.

Carriage Services Stock Appears To Be Significantly Overvalued

Because Carriage Services is significantly overvalued, the long-term return of its stock is likely to be much lower than its future business growth, which averaged 7.7% over the past five years.

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Companies with poor financial strength offer investors a high risk of permanent capital loss. To avoid permanent capital loss, an investor must do their research and review a company’s financial strength before deciding to purchase shares. Both the cash-to-debt ratio and interest coverage of a company are a great way to to understand its financial strength. Carriage Services has a cash-to-debt ratio of 0.00, which which ranks in the bottom 10% of the companies in Personal Services industry. The overall financial strength of Carriage Services is 3 out of 10, which indicates that the financial strength of Carriage Services is poor. This is the debt and cash of Carriage Services over the past years:

Carriage Services Stock Appears To Be Significantly Overvalued

Investing in profitable companies carries less risk, especially in companies that have demonstrated consistent profitability over the long term. Typically, a company with high profit margins offers better performance potential than a company with low profit margins. Carriage Services has been profitable 10 years over the past 10 years. During the past 12 months, the company had revenues of $329.4 million and earnings of $0.9 a share. Its operating margin of 23.88% better than 90% of the companies in Personal Services industry. Overall, GuruFocus ranks Carriage Services’s profitability as strong. This is the revenue and net income of Carriage Services over the past years:

Carriage Services Stock Appears To Be Significantly Overvalued

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 Carriage Services is 7.7%, which ranks better than 75% of the companies in Personal Services industry. The 3-year average EBITDA growth is 4.4%, which ranks in the middle range of the companies in Personal Services industry.

Another way to look at the profitability of a company is to compare its return on invested capital and the weighted cost of capital. 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. We want to have the return on invested capital higher than the weighted cost of capital. For the past 12 months, Carriage Services’s return on invested capital is 4.64, and its cost of capital is 5.78. The historical ROIC vs WACC comparison of Carriage Services is shown below:

Carriage Services Stock Appears To Be Significantly Overvalued

In closing, Carriage Services (NYSE:CSV, 30-year Financials) stock gives every indication of being significantly overvalued. The company’s financial condition is poor and its profitability is strong. Its growth ranks in the middle range of the companies in Personal Services industry. To learn more about Carriage Services stock, you can check out its 30-year Financials here.

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