Stock Valuation: Just Group Plc (JUST)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Financial Services – Asset Management – Asset Management GBP0.90
@ 21 Aug 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Just Group PLC is a financial services group. It is engaged in providing retirement income products and services to individual and corporate clients.

Just Group PLC offers retirement management services through products, advisory, and professional services.The company’s client base include individuals, financial intermediaries, corporate clients, and pension plan trustees. Its operations are underpinned by its automated underwriting, multi-channel distribution, variety of brands, and medical intellectual property. The firm offers de-risking solutions for pension scheme trustees who operate defined benefit pension schemes, long term care plans, individually underwritten retirement income products, and lifetime mortgages. Under the professional services umbrella, customers can also get regulated financial advice, consultancy and software development.

Stock Code JUST
Stock Valuation Below

Just Group 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 GBP0.90 as at 21 Aug 2018, Just Group Plc is trading at a Price to Book Ratio of 0.5 times current book value.  This is a 37% discount to its historical average Price to Book Ratio of 0.7 times.
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.
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