Stock Valuation: L&T Finance Holdings Ltd (533519)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Financial Services – Credit Services – Credit Services INR151.00
@ 21 Jul 2018
COMPANY PROFILE L&T Finance Holdings Ltd is a financial holding company. It is engaged in offering financial products and services to the corporate, retail, housing and infrastructure finance sectors. It also provides wealth management and investment management services.

L&T Finance Holdings is a registered nonbanking financial institution operating in India. The company operates through Five main segments carried out by its wholly owned subsidiaries. These include Rural, Housing, Wholesale, Defocused and Other businesses. Its rural business comprises of Farm Equipments, Micro Finance and Two Wheeler Finance. Wholesale Business comprises of Infrastructure Finance, Structured Corporate Loans and Supply Chain Finance. Defocused Business comprises of Commercial Vehicle Finance, Construction Equipment Finance, SME term loans and Leases. And Others comprises of Asset Management and Wealth Management.

Stock Code 533519
Stock Valuation Below

L&T Finance Holdings 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 INR151.00 as at 21 Jul 2018, L&T Finance Holdings Ltd is trading at a Price to Book Ratio of 2.1 times current book value.  This is a 12% premium to its historical average Price to Book Ratio of 1.9 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.
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