Stock Valuation: Itau Unibanco Holding SA (ITUB3)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price    
ITAU UNIBANCO HOLDING SA Brazil/
BSP
Financial Services – Banks – Banks – Regional – Latin America BRL39.21    
@ 05 Jun 2018    
COMPANY PROFILE Itau Unibanco Holding SA operates through banks. Its services comprise of investment banking, credit card, financing, leasing, and foreign trade financing.

Itau Unibanco is the largest privately held bank in Brazil and the result of the 2008 merger between Banco Itau and Unibanco. In addition to Brazil, the bank has significant operations in Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay. The bank’s commercial and consumer loans each account for about 37% of the bank’s total loans, while Itau’s foreign loans now account for nearly 26% of the bank’s portfolio. In addition to banking, Itau operates the fourth largest insurer in Brazil, and it specializes in consumer related insurance.

Stock Code ITUB3    
Stock Valuation Below                  

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). 
At the price of BRL39.21 as at 05 Jun 2018, Itau Unibanco Holding Sa is trading at a Price to Book Ratio of 1.9 times current book value.  This is a 7% premium to its historical average Price to Book Ratio of 1.8 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. 
To find out more about our valuation methodology, click here.             
Source of Data: Price to Sales chart is 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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