Stock Valuation: AT&T Inc. (T)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price    
Communication Services – Communication Services – Telecom Services USD32.47    
@ 03 Jun 2018    
COMPANY PROFILE AT&T Inc is engaged in provision of communications and digital entertainment services in the United States and the world. It provides fixed-line services, including voice, data, and television services to consumers and small businesses.

AT&T is the second- largest U.S. wireless carrier, serving more than 100 million subscribers, including about 65 million postpaid phone subscribers. The firm also provides fixed-line services, including voice, data, and television services, to consumers and small businesses in 21 states and to larger enterprises nationwide. The DirecTV acquisition added 20 million U.S. satellite television customers and a presence in Latin America. AT&T also acquired two Mexican carriers in 2015. The firm announced plans to acquire Time Warner in October 2016.

Stock Code T    
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When a company’s revenue growth rate slows down, it will not command the same Price to Sales ratios as before and they will have to be adjusted downwards.
At the price of USD32.47 as at 03 Jun 2018, At&T Inc is trading at a Price to Sales Ratio of 1.3 times last 12 months sales.  This is a 19.0%  discount to its historical average Price to Sales Ratio of 1.6 times. 
Is the stock undervalued? 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: Price to Sales chart is from ProThinker Stock Report. Company description, historical financial statements data and price data are from Estimates are from gurufocus and/or – Thomson Reuters.
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