Stocks Take A Hit: How Will Ambu A/S (CPH:AMBU B) Fare?

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When stocks are plummeting in price, it’s hard to start buying into all the uncertainty. But a disciplined long term investor knows there’s no better time to buy than right now. And I’m not talking about buying into speculative, high-risk stocks. I’m talking about the well-proven, robust track record Ambu A/S. Why? Size. Financial health. Proven performance.

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Ambu A/S provides healthcare solutions in the fields of visualization, anesthesia, and patient monitoring and diagnostics in Europe, North America, and internationally. Established in 1937, and run by CEO Lars Marcher, the company now has 2.70k employees and with the stock’s market cap sitting at ø44b, it comes under the mid-cap stocks category. Bear market volatility can have a short-term impact on large, well-established companies, but in the long-run, these businesses are likely to prevail. This is because fundamentally, nothing has changed. A fall in share price is hardly detrimental to its financial health and business operations. So, large-cap stocks are a safe bet to buy more of when the stock market is selling off.

CPSE:AMBU B Historical Debt, May 3rd 2019
CPSE:AMBU B Historical Debt, May 3rd 2019

Ambu currently has ø1.3b debt on its books which requires regular servicing. This means it needs to have sufficient cash-on-hand to meet upcoming interest expenses. With an interest coverage ratio of 8.2x, Ambu produces sufficient earnings (EBIT) to cover its interest payments. Anything above 3x is considered safe practice. Furthermore, its cash flows from operations copiously covers it debt by 42%, which is higher than the bare minimum requirement of 20%. Its cash and short-term investment is also sufficient to cover other upcoming liabilities, which means AMBU B is financially robust in the face of a volatile market.

CPSE:AMBU B Income Statement, May 3rd 2019
CPSE:AMBU B Income Statement, May 3rd 2019

AMBU B’s year-on-year earnings growth has been positive over the past five years, with an average annual growth rate of 24%, outperfoming the industry growth rate of 12%. It has also returned an ROE of 20% recently, above the market return of 26%. This consistent market outperformance illustrates a robust track record of delivering strong returns over a number of years, increasing my conviction in Ambu as an investment over the long run.

Next Steps:

Whether you’re convinced or not, the key takeaway here is that every stock gets hit in a bear market, but not every stock deserves the blow. When prices are dropping like flies, now is the time to do your research and buy at a discount. Ambu tick the boxes in terms of its scale, financial health and proven track record, but there are a few other things I have yet to consider. Below I’ve compiled a list of factors for you to continue your reading before you buy:
  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for AMBU B’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for AMBU B’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is AMBU B worth today? Is the stock undervalued, even when its growth outlook is factored into its intrinsic value? The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether AMBU B is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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