UBS Securities lowers the target on Vodafone PLC(VOD:LSE) to GBX 187 from GBX 192

STA Research
by: STA Research

UBS Securities lowers the target on Vodafone PLC to GBX 187 from GBX 192, and maintains the Buy rating on the stock.

Stocktargetadvisor has a average target of GBX 173 and a consensus Strong Buy rating on the stock.

STA Research’s analysis of the stock is Neutral with a score of 4.7 out of 10, where 0 is very bearish and 10 very bullish.

 

What to like

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High market capitalization
This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.
Low volatility
The stock’s annual returns have been stable and consistent compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. Although
stability is good, also keep in mind it can limit returns.
Superior total returns
The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual total returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.
Underpriced compared to book value
The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price to book value basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.
Positive cash flow
The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
Positive free cash flow
The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
Underpriced on free cash flow basis
The stock is trading low compared to its peers on a price to free cash flow basis and is in the top quartile. It may be underpriced but do check its financial performance to make sure there is no specific reason.

 

 

What to not like:

Poor risk adjusted returns
This company is delivering below median risk adjusted returns in its peers. Even if it is outperforming on returns , the returns are unpredictable. Proceed with caution.
Below median dividend returns
The company’s average income yield over the past 5 years has been low compared to its peers. However, it is not a problem if you are not looking for income.
Overpriced compared to earnings
The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is above the sector median.
Poor return on equity
The company management has delivered below median return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.
Poor capital utilization
The company management has delivered below median return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.
Poor return on assets
The company management has delivered below median return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters compared to its peers.
Highly leveraged
The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.
Low Revenue Growth
This stock has shown below median revenue growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector

 

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