Stock Valuation: Deutsche Post AG

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Industrials – Transportation & Logistics – Integrated Shipping & Logistics EUR28.19
@ 13 Oct 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Deutsche Post AG is a shipping and logistics provider on a contractual basis. The company provides international express shipping, air and ocean freight forwarding, and contract warehousing.

Based in Germany, Deutsche Post DHL is a leading express shipping and contract logistics provider. Its DHL divisions (international express shipping, air and ocean freight forwarding, and contract warehousing) generate 70% of revenue. About 30% of the top line comes from the post, e-commerce, and parcel division, which includes the firm’s legacy mail delivery business (which serves the German postal market) and its faster-growing German small-parcel delivery business.

Stock Code DPW
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Deutsche Post Price to Book

Price to Earnings, Price to Sales and Price to Cash Flow ratios all value a company based on what it is generating (i.e. profits, sales or cash flow). Price to Book ratio is different in that it values a company based on what it owns (i.e. its net assets). This is usually a suitable valuation indicator for a financial institution, which frequently revalues its assets and liabilities, or a company with huge asset base e.g. utilities company.
At the price of EUR28.19 as at 13 Oct 2018, Deutsche Post Ag is trading at a Price to Book Ratio of 2.8 times current book value.  This is a 0.0% discount to current fair Price to Book Ratio of 2.8 times.
Is the stock fairly valued? 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.
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Source of Data: Company description, historical financial statements data and price data are from or Estimates are from – Thomson Reuters.
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