Stock Valuation & Dividend Analysis: United Microelectronics Corp (2303)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
UNITED MICROELECTRONICS CORP Taiwan/
TPE
Technology – Semiconductors – Semiconductors TWD17.95
@ 06 Jul 2018
COMPANY PROFILE United Microelectronics Corp manufactures integrated circuits wafers and related electronic products. It is also engaged in developing, manufacturing and providing solar energy and new generation light-emitting diode.

Taiwan-based United Microelectronics, the world’s second- largest foundry in terms of market share, went public as an American depositary receipt in the United States in 2000. The firm manufactures semiconductors for chipmakers such as AMD and Xilinx. However, the company has consistently lagged Taiwan Semiconductor in terms of market share and operating efficiency. UMC also holds several types of investments in other tech firms, which have provided it with incremental income in recent years.

Stock Code 2303
Stock Valuation and Dividend Analysis Below

United Microelectronics 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 TWD17.95 as at 06 Jul 2018, United Microelectronics Corp is trading at a Dividend Yield of 3.7%. This is a 2.1% premium to its historical average Dividend Yield of 3.7%.  (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.

United Microelectronics Dividend vs Free Cash Flow

Source of Data: Charts are from ProThinker Stock Report. Company description, historical financial statements data and price data are from gurufocus.com. Estimates are from gurufocus and/or 4-traders.com – Thomson Reuters.
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