|Name of Company||Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded||Sector||Stock Price|
|CHINA MOBILE LTD||Hong Kong/
|Communication Services – Communication Services – Telecom Services||HKD77.15|
|@ 02 Oct 2018|
|COMPANY PROFILE||China Mobile Ltd is a telecom operator in China. It provides cellular telecommunications and related services. The company offers voice services, voice value-added services and telecommunications network planning.
China Mobile is not only the largest telecom operator in China by the number of subscribers (894 million), but also the largest in the world. It has 64% of the 4G telecom market in China and 62% of the total wireless market. The firm is also rolling out its 4G network faster than the other two operators in order to compensate for its weak 3G network, which was required to use the TD-SCDMA standard.
|Stock Valuation Below|
|The Price to Sales Ratio is a commonly used valuation indicator for a stock. While not as popular as the Price to Earnings Ratio, it overcomes some of the limitations of the PE Ratio in that it can be used even when the company is not making a profit or only making minimal profits. However, it should not be used by itself because a company may be achieving sales but not profits.|
|At the price of HKD77.15 as at 02 Oct 2018, China Mobile Ltd is trading at a Price to Sales Ratio of 1.7 times last 12 months sales. This is a 24.0% discount to current fair Price to Sales Ratio of 2.2 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: 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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