Stock Valuation: Indraprastha Gas Ltd (532514)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Utilities – Utilities – Regulated – Utilities – Regulated Gas INR282.75
@ 25 Jul 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Indraprastha Gas Ltd is engaged in sale of natural gas in Delhi & NCR. The Company supplies Compressed Natural Gas to transport sector and Piped Natural Gas to Domestic, Industrial & Commercial sectors in Delhi and NCR.

Indraprastha Gas Ltd, or IGL, is an Indian utility company that derives nearly all of its revenue from the sale of natural gas. IGL supplies compressed natural gas (CNG) to the transport sector and piped natural gas (PNG) to domestic, industrial, and commercial sector customers. Most of the natural gas sold by IGL is in the form of compressed natural gas. CNG is an alternative to fossil fuels that is distributed from IGL’s portfolio of fueling stations to power a variety of vehicles. The vast majority of these CNG stations are located in the Delhi and National Capital Regions. IGL distributes a significant amount of natural gas through its network of pipelines in Delhi and the National Capital region, as well. The customers served by IGL’s PNG business are primarily residential consumers.

Stock Code 532514
Stock Valuation Below

Indraprastha Gas 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 INR282.75 as at 25 Jul 2018, Indraprastha Gas Ltd is trading at a Price to Book Ratio of 5.2 times current book value.  This is a 57% premium to its historical average Price to Book Ratio of 3.3 times.
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.
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