Stock Valuation: Esure Group Plc (ESUR)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Financial Services – Insurance – Insurance – Diversified GBP2.78
@ 15 Aug 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Esure Group PLC is a holding company. The Company is engaged in writing of general insurance for private cars and homes. The Company’s operating segments include motor underwriting, home underwriting, non-underwritten additional services and investments.

Esure Group PLC is a diversified insurance company that provides auto and home insurance products through the Esure and Sheilas’ Wheels brands. Auto underwriting is Esure Group’s largest product line by in-force policies. Insurance policies are distributed through price comparison websites and directly to consumers. The company’s financial performance is underpinned by the selection and pricing of risks through data analysis. In addition to underwriting, Esure Group derives income from nonunderwritten additional services, along with its investment activities. The company’s strategy aims to simplify the customer’s experience.

Stock Code ESUR
Valuation Analysis Below

Esure Group Price to EBIT

The Price Earnings (PE) Ratio is the most frequently used valuation indicator for a stock. However, there are times when this ratio cannot be used e.g. when the company reports a loss or profit is so minimal that it results in an abnormally high PE Ratio. Or Net Profit After Tax may be volatile and it is better to use Earnings Before Interest and Tax (EBIT) to value the company. We use the PE Band or Price/EBIT Band to show whether a stock is overvalued or undervalued based on its historical valuation.
At the price of GBP2.78 as at 15 Aug 2018, Esure Group Plc is trading at a Market Cap/EBIT Ratio of 10.5 times last 12 months earnings.  This is a 1.2% discount to its historical average Market Cap/EBIT Ratio of 10.7 times. (Price based on the historical average Market Cap/EBIT Ratio of the company is indicated by the red line.)
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: Charts are 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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