Stock Valuation: Halfords Group Plc (HFD)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
HALFORDS GROUP PLC UK/
LSE
Consumer Cyclical – Retail – Apparel & Specialty – Specialty Retail GBP3.36
@ 27 Sep 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Halfords Group PLC is engaged in the retailing of automotive, leisure and cycling products through retail stores. The Company also provides car servicing and repair performed from autocentres.

Halfords Group PLC is a British retailer of automotive and cycling products. The company also provides repair services. The company operates retail stores, auto centers and online website in Great Britain and Ireland. The business is divided in two segments: motoring and cycling. The motoring segment consists of car parts, accessories, and car servicing and maintenance services. The cycling segments offers bike parts, bike accessories, and clothing. Halfords operates under its own brand but also offers products under brands including Castrol, Bosch, Carrera, Apollo, and AmbiPur.

Stock Code HFD
Valuation Analysis Below

Halfords Group PE

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 Market Cap/EBIT Band to show whether a stock is overvalued or undervalued based on its historical valuation.
At the price of GBP3.36 as at 27 Sep 2018, Halfords Group Plc is trading at a PE Ratio of 11.1 times last 12 months earnings.  This is a 5.0% discount to current fair Price to Earnings Ratio of 11.7 times. (Price based on the fair PE of the company is indicated by the red line.)
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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