Stock Valuation: ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc (ATA)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
ATS AUTOMATION TOOLING SYSTEMS INC Canada/
TSX
Industrials – Industrial Products – Diversified Industrials CAD23.96
@ 15 Sep 2018
COMPANY PROFILE ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc along with its subsidiaries designs and builds custom engineered turn-key automated manufacturing and test systems and provides pre-automation and post-automation services to its customers.

ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc is a Canada-based company that provides automation systems. The company designs and builds customized automated manufacturing and testing systems for customers, and provides pre- and post-automation services. The company’s products comprise conveyor systems, automated electrified monorails, tray handlers, laser systems, and other hardware and software products. The company also provides pre-automation solutions, including strategic direction and planning services, as well as aftermarket support. The company’s clients primarily come from the life sciences, transportation, consumer products and electronics, and energy sectors. The company generates the majority of its sales from the North American and European markets.

Stock Code ATA
Valuation Analysis Below

ATS Automation Tooling Systems PE

The Price Earnings (PE) Ratio is the most frequently used valuation indicator for a stock. However, there are times when this ratio cannot be used e.g. when the company reports a loss or profit is so minimal that it results in an abnormally high PE Ratio. Or Net Profit After Tax may be volatile and it is better to use Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) to value the company. We use the PE Band or Market Cap/EBIT Band to show whether a stock is overvalued or undervalued based on its historical valuation.
At the price of CAD23.96 as at 15 Sep 2018, Ats Automation Tooling Systems Inc is trading at a PE Ratio of 36.0 times last 12 months earnings.  This is a 28.3% premium to current fair Price to Earnings Ratio of 28.1 times. (Price based on the historical average PE of the company is indicated by the red line.)
Is the stock overvalued? One should not just look at one indicator to determine the fair value of a stock.
ProThinker believes in using a combination of valuation methods to decide whether a stock is over or undervalued? The five ratios we use are Price to Earnings, Price to Sales, Price to Cash Flow, Price to Book and Dividend Yield. We use multiple methods to value a stock because each has its benefits as well as shortcomings. Price to Earnings and Price to Cash Flow Ratios relate stock price to profitability but are meaningless when the comany has negative earnings or cash flows. Price to Sales Ratio is more stable because sales are never negative. However, this does not tell us whether the company is able to sell profitably. Price to Book Ratio gives us an indication as to how much we are paying for the company’s assets but it is not directly related to the company’s profitability. Dividend Yield cannot be used for companies that are paying little to no dividends.
While it is important to value stocks based on multiple valuation methods, this often leads to differing views on valuation. One indicator may suggest that a stock is overvalued while another suggest that it is undervalued. This does not help an investor who needs to make a definite decision whether to buy, hold or sell the stock. That is why we advocate the use of a Composite Valuation Indicator, which is derived from the best combination of the five indicators above. A Composite Valuation Indicator will give you ONE conclusion on whether a stock is under or over valued.
To find out more about our valuation methodology, click here. 
Source of Data: Company description, historical financial statements data and price data are from gurufocus.com or moneycontrol.com. Estimates are from marketscreener.com – Thomson Reuters.
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