Performance Technologies S.A. (ATH:PERF): The Best Of Both Worlds

Attractive stocks have exceptional fundamentals. In the case of Performance Technologies S.A. (ATH:PERF), there’s is a financially-sound company with a strong track record of performance, trading at a discount. 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 Performance Technologies here.

Outstanding track record with excellent balance sheet

Over the past few years, PERF has more than doubled its earnings, with its most recent figure exceeding its annual average over the past five years. This strong performance generated a robust double-digit return on equity of 35%, which is an optimistic signal for the future. PERF’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 indicates that PERF has sufficient cash flows and proper cash management in place, which is a crucial insight into the health of the company. PERF seems to have put its debt to good use, generating operating cash levels of 0.58x 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.

ATSE:PERF Income Statement, September 9th 2019
ATSE:PERF Income Statement, September 9th 2019

PERF 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 PERF’s projected earnings trajectory does follow analyst consensus growth, which determines my intrinsic value of the company. Also, relative to the rest of its peers with similar levels of earnings, PERF’s share price is trading below the group’s average. This supports the theory that PERF is potentially underpriced.

ATSE:PERF Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 9th 2019
ATSE:PERF Price Estimation Relative to Market, September 9th 2019

Next Steps:

For Performance Technologies, there are three essential factors you should further examine:

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