Can World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:WWE) Save Your Portfolio?

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Stock market crashes are an opportune time to buy. High quality companies, such as World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., are impacted by general market panic and sell-off, but the fundamentals of these companies stay the same. In other words, now is the time to buy strong, well-proven stocks at an attractive discount.

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World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., an integrated media and entertainment company, engages in the sports entertainment business in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific, and Latin America. Started in 1980, and run by CEO Vincent McMahon, the company size now stands at 915.00 people and has a market cap of US$5.7b, putting it in the mid-cap stocks category. Typically, large companies are well-established and highly resourced, meaning that stock market volatility may impact some short-term strategic decisions but unlikely to matter in the long run. Therefore, large-cap stocks are a safe bet to buy more of when the general market is selling off.

NYSE:WWE Historical Debt, June 13th 2019
NYSE:WWE Historical Debt, June 13th 2019

With US$230m debt on its books, World Wrestling Entertainment has to pay interest periodically. This means it needs to have enough cash on hand to meet these upcoming expenses. With an interest coverage ratio of 6.85x, World Wrestling Entertainment produces sufficient earnings (EBIT) to cover its interest payments. Anything above 3x is considered safe practice. Moreover, its cash flows from operations copiously covers it debt by 83%, which is higher than the bare minimum requirement of 20%. 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.

NYSE:WWE Income Statement, June 13th 2019
NYSE:WWE Income Statement, June 13th 2019

WWE’s year-on-year earnings growth has been positive over the past five years, with an average annual growth rate of 58%, overtaking the industry growth rate of 14%. It has also returned an ROE of 24% recently, above the industry return of 16%. This continuous market outperformance demonstrates a strong track record of delivering robust returns over many years, raising my confidence in World Wrestling Entertainment as a long-term hold.

Next Steps:

World Wrestling Entertainment 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 World Wrestling Entertainment? 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 WWE’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for WWE’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is WWE 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 WWE 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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