Is Mercialys (EPA:MERY) Thriving Or Barely Surviving?

Mercialys (EPA:MERY), a €1.41b small-cap, is a real estate company operating in an industry which is the most prevalent industry in the global economy, and as an asset class, it has continued to play a crucial role in the portfolios of various investors. A real estate investment trust (REIT) is a collective vehicle for investing in real estate that originated in the US and has since been taken on board globally. Real estate analysts are forecasting for the entire industry, negative growth in the upcoming year , and an overall negative growth rate in the next couple of years. Unsuprisingly, this is below the growth rate of the FR stock market as a whole. Should your portfolio be overweight in the real estate sector at the moment? In this article, I’ll take you through the real estate sector growth expectations, as well as evaluate whether Mercialys is lagging or leading its competitors in the industry.

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What’s the catalyst for Mercialys’s sector growth?

ENXTPA:MERY Past Future Earnings July 27th 18
ENXTPA:MERY Past Future Earnings July 27th 18
Concerns surrounding rate increases and treasury yield movements have made investors dubious around investing in REIT stocks. This is because REITs tend to be dependent on debt funding. They are also considered as bond investment alternatives due to their high and stable dividend payments. Over the past year, the industry saw growth in the teens, beating the FR market growth of 13.20%. Mercialys lags the pack with its negative growth rate of -25.81% over the past year, which indicates the company has been growing at a slower pace than its REIT peers. However, the future seems brighter, as analysts expect an industry-beating growth rate of 5.96% in the upcoming year. This future growth may make Mercialys a more expensive stock relative to its peers.

Is Mercialys and the sector relatively cheap?

ENXTPA:MERY PE PEG Gauge July 27th 18
ENXTPA:MERY PE PEG Gauge July 27th 18
The REIT industry is trading at a PE ratio of 9.12x, lower than the rest of the FR stock market PE of 17.56x. This means the industry, on average, is relatively undervalued compared to the wider market – a potential mispricing opportunity here! Though, the industry did returned a lower 8.49% compared to the market’s 10.95%, which may explain the lower relative valuation. On the stock-level, Mercialys is trading at a higher PE ratio of 17.42x, making it more expensive than the average REIT stock. In terms of returns, Mercialys generated 10.08% in the past year, which is 1.60% over the REIT sector.

Next Steps:

Mercialys’s industry-beating future is a positive for shareholders, indicating they’ve backed a fast-growing horse. However, this higher growth prospect is also reflected in the company’s price, suggested by its higher PE ratio relative to its peers. If Mercialys has been on your watchlist for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock since it is trading at a higher valuation compared to other REIT companies. However, before you make a decision on the stock, I suggest you look at Mercialys’s fundamentals in order to build a holistic investment thesis.

  1. Financial Health: Does it have a healthy balance sheet? Take a look at our free balance sheet analysis with six simple checks on key factors like leverage and risk.
  2. Historical Track Record: What has MERY’s performance been like over the past? Go into more detail in the past track record analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of our analysis for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Growth Alternatives : Are there other high-growth stocks you could be holding instead of Mercialys? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large growth potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.