Herkules S.A. (WSE:HRS): A Fundamentally Attractive Investment

Herkules S.A. (WSE:HRS) is a company with exceptional fundamental characteristics. Upon building up an investment case for a stock, we should look at various aspects. In the case of HRS, it is a company that has been able to sustain great financial health, trading at an attractive share price. In the following section, I expand a bit more on these key aspects. If you’re interested in understanding beyond my broad commentary, read the full report on Herkules here.

Undervalued with adequate balance sheet

HRS’s debt-to-equity ratio stands at 7.8%, which means its debt level is acceptable. This implies that HRS has a healthy balance between taking advantage of low cost debt funding as well as sufficient financial flexibility without succumbing to the strict terms of debt. HRS appears to have made good use of debt, producing operating cash levels of 2.58x total debt in the prior year. This is a strong indication that debt is reasonably met with cash generated. HRS’s shares are now trading at a price below its true value based on its discounted cash flows, indicating a relatively pessimistic market sentiment. This mispricing gives investors the opportunity to buy into the stock at a cheap price compared to the value they will be receiving, should analysts’ consensus forecast growth be correct. Compared to the rest of the trade distributors industry, HRS is also trading below its peers, relative to earnings generated. This bolsters the proposition that HRS’s price is currently discounted.

WSE:HRS Price Estimation Relative to Market, August 12th 2019
WSE:HRS Price Estimation Relative to Market, August 12th 2019

Next Steps:

For Herkules, I’ve put together three essential aspects you should look at:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for HRS’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for HRS’s outlook.
  2. Historical Performance: What has HRS’s returns 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 Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of HRS? 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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