Stock Valuation & Dividend Analysis: Primary Health Care Ltd (PRY)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Healthcare – Health Care Providers – Medical Care AUD2.84
@ 05 Sep 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Primary Health Care Ltd is a healthcare company. It offers a range of services to general practitioners, specialists, and other healthcare practitioners who provide services from its medical centers.

Primary and competitor Sonic Healthcare dominate the Australian private pathology testing market with about 40% share each. They are the largest operators of medical centres with Primary operating about 58 large-scale centres and 20 smaller centres, and Sonic more than 200 small centres. Primary owns one of the largest diagnostic imaging (radiology) networks in Australia, with more than 150 sites. The healthcare technology division generates 5% of group profit.

Stock Code PRY
Stock Valuation and Dividend Analysis Below

Primary Health Care Dividend Yield

For stocks that has a history of paying meaningful dividends, the stock price is often dependent on how much dividend the company pays.
At the price of AUD2.84 as at 05 Sep 2018, Primary Health Care Ltd is trading at a Dividend Yield of 3.7%. This is a 4.6% premium to its historical average Dividend Yield of 3.9%.  (Note: The lower/higher the dividend yield, the more expensive/cheaper the stock is.)
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. 
We should not only be concerned about the amount of dividends, we should determine if the dividends paid out by the company are sustainable. One way to do that is to compare dividends paid out to the cash flows that the company is generating.
The company usually pays less dividends than its free cash flow, which is good.

Primary Health Care Dividend vs Free Cash Flow

Source of Data: Company description, historical financial statements data and price data are from or Estimates are from – Thomson Reuters.
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