There’s An Opportunity With JD Sports Fashion plc (LON:JD.)

The risk of investing in the stock market is a systematic crash. This is when all the stock prices start falling around the same time. But this risk is also an opportunity for those that understand the fickle nature of the market. High quality, proven companies tend to stick around in the long run, although their share price may be temporarily impacted by a crash. This is the best time to buy stocks like JD Sports Fashion plc at a discount.

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JD Sports Fashion Plc engages in the retail of branded sports fashionwear, and outdoor clothing and equipment for kids, women, and men. Formed in 1981, and headed by CEO , the company provides employment to 50.36k people and with the company’s market cap sitting at UK£6.1b, it falls under the mid-cap group. Volatility in the market is hardly detrimental to the financial health and business operations of a large, well-established company. Although some monetary and fiscal policy changes may impact some corporate financing decisions and strategy, what we’ve learnt over time is that these companies tend to adapt. And having a strong balance sheet and a history of proven success aids in this adaptability.

LSE:JD. Historical Debt, July 27th 2019
LSE:JD. Historical Debt, July 27th 2019

Currently JD Sports Fashion has UK£126m on its balance sheet, which requires regular interest payments. This requires the business to have enough cash to meet these upcoming interest expenses. With an interest coverage ratio of 58x, JD Sports Fashion 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 more than 2x, which is higher than the bare minimum requirement of 0.2x. Not to mention, it meets the basic liquidity requirement with current assets exceeding liabilities, which further builds on its financial strength in the face of a volatile market.

LSE:JD. Income Statement, July 27th 2019
LSE:JD. Income Statement, July 27th 2019

JD.’s profit growth over the previous five years has been positive, with an average annual rate of 31%, overtaking the industry growth rate of 5.8%. It has also returned an ROE of 25% recently, above the industry return of 11%. JD Sports Fashion’s strong performance over time is a demonstration of its ability to grow through cycles, raising my confidence in the company as a long-term investment.

Next Steps:

JD Sports Fashion makes for a robust long-term investment based on its scale, financial health and track record. Remember, in bear markets, sell-offs can be unjustified. Ask yourself, has anything really changed with JD Sports Fashion? If not, then why not scoop it up at a discount? Lining your portfolio with a few well-established companies can reduce your risk and help you scale your wealth in the long run. One thing you should remember though, is to do your homework. Do your own research, come up with your point of view. Below is a list I’ve put together of other things you should consider before you buy:
  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for JD.’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for JD.’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is JD. 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 JD. 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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