Stock Valuation: Maanshan Iron and Steel Co Ltd (600808)

Name of Company Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded Sector Stock Price
Basic Materials – Steel – Steel CNY4.03
@ 04 Aug 2018
COMPANY PROFILE Maanshan Iron And Steel Co Ltd produces and sells iron and steel products. The company’s principal product is steel product, which is categorized in steel plates, section steel, wire rods and train wheels.

Maanshan Iron And Steel Co Ltd produces and sells iron and steel products. The company’s principal product is steel, which is categorized into steel plates, section steel, wire rods and train wheels. Thin plates products are further categorized in hot and rolled plates, galvanized plates and coil coating plates. The Products in wire rod category comprise of wire rod materials and hot rolled reinforced steel used in armored concrete. The Train wheel category includes train wheels and wheel rims.

Stock Code 600808
Stock Valuation Below

Maanshan Iron and Steel 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 CNY4.03 as at 04 Aug 2018, Maanshan Iron And Steel Co Ltd is trading at a Price to Book Ratio of 1.1 times current book value.  This is a 10% premium to its historical average Price to Book Ratio of 1.0 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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