Should You Buy Central Securities Corp (NYSEMKT:CET) Based On These Aspects?

As an investor, I look for investments which does not compromise one fundamental factor for another. By this I mean, I look at stocks holistically, from their financial health to their future outlook. In the case of Central Securities Corp (NYSEMKT:CET), it is a financially-healthy company with a a strong track record of performance, trading at a discount. In the following section, I expand a bit more on these key aspects. For those interested in digger a bit deeper into my commentary, take a look at the report on Central Securities here.

Flawless balance sheet with outstanding track record

Over the past year, CET has grown its earnings by 50.22%, with its most recent figure exceeding its annual average over the past five years. The strong earnings growth is reflected in impressive double-digit 20.48% return to shareholders, which is what investors like to see! CET’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 implies that CET manages its cash and cost levels well, which is a crucial insight into the health of the company. Looking at CET’s capital structure, the company has no debt on its balance sheet. This implies that the company is running its operations purely on off equity funding. which is typically normal for a small-cap company. Investors’ risk associated with debt is virtually non-existent and the company has plenty of headroom to grow debt in the future, should the need arise.

AMEX:CET Income Statement June 14th 18
AMEX:CET Income Statement June 14th 18

CET’s share price is trading at below its true value, meaning that the market sentiment for the stock is currently bearish. Investors have the opportunity to buy into the stock to reap capital gains, if CET’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, CET’s share price is trading below the group’s average. This further reaffirms that CET is potentially undervalued.

AMEX:CET PE PEG Gauge June 14th 18
AMEX:CET PE PEG Gauge June 14th 18

Next Steps:

For Central Securities, I’ve compiled three essential aspects you should further examine:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for CET’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for CET’s outlook.
  2. Dividend Income vs Capital Gains: Does CET 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 CET as an investment.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of CET? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!