MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI): A Fundamentally Attractive Investment

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Attractive stocks have exceptional fundamentals. In the case of MKS Instruments, Inc. (NASDAQ:MKSI), there’s is a financially-sound company with an optimistic future outlook, not yet reflected in the share price. In the following section, I expand a bit more on these key aspects. For those interested in understanding where the figures come from and want to see the analysis, take a look at the report on MKS Instruments here.

Very undervalued with reasonable growth potential

One reason why investors are attracted to MKSI is its earnings growth potential in the near future of 36%, bolstered by its impressive cash-generating ability, as analysts predict its operating cash flows will rise by 62% over the same time period. This is a sustainable driver of high-quality earnings, as opposed to pure cost-cutting activities. MKSI is currently trading below its true value, which means the market is undervaluing the company’s expected cash flow going forward. Investors have the opportunity to buy into the stock to reap capital gains, if MKSI’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, MKSI’s share price is trading below the group’s average. This supports the theory that MKSI is potentially underpriced.

NasdaqGS:MKSI Past and Future Earnings, July 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:MKSI Past and Future Earnings, July 16th 2019

MKSI’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 indicates that MKSI has sufficient cash flows and proper cash management in place, which is a crucial insight into the health of the company. MKSI seems to have put its debt to good use, generating operating cash levels of 0.37x total debt in the most recent year. This is also a good indication as to whether debt is properly covered by the company’s cash flows.

NasdaqGS:MKSI Historical Debt, July 16th 2019
NasdaqGS:MKSI Historical Debt, July 16th 2019

Next Steps:

For MKS Instruments, I’ve compiled three important factors you should look at:

  1. Historical Performance: What has MKSI’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.
  2. Dividend Income vs Capital Gains: Does MKSI 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 MKSI as an investment.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of MKSI? 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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