Stock Valuation: Karnataka Bank Ltd (532652)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Financial Services – Banks – Banks – Regional – Asia INR114.50
@ 16 Jul 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Karnataka Bank Ltd is an Indian banking company. It is engaged in providing retail banking, corporate banking, personal banking as well as lending services, credit facilities, insurance services and banking operations to individuals, corporates and other.

Karnataka Bank Ltd is an Indian banking company. It is engaged in providing a wide range of banking and financial services including retail, corporate banking, and para-banking activities. The company provides deposit schemes such as saving accounts, certificate of deposits, cash management account, and money market accounts. It also provides working capital finance, term loans, and infrastructure finance to small and medium businesses, corporates and entrepreneurs. In addition, it also provides money transfer facilities, insurance services, and others. The company has four reportable segments namely Treasury, Corporate/Wholesale Banking, Retail Banking and Other Banking Operations. The main source of company’s revenue is interest income, fees, commission, premiums, and other income.

Stock Code 532652
Stock Valuation Below

Karnataka Bank 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 INR114.50 as at 16 Jul 2018, Karnataka Bank Ltd is trading at a Price to Book Ratio of 0.6 times current book value.  This is a 21% discount to its historical average Price to Book Ratio of 0.8 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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