|Name of Company||Country of Origin/ Exchange Traded||Sector||Stock Price|
|SOFTBANK GROUP CORP||Japan/
|Communication Services – Communication Services – Telecom Services||JPY9385.00|
|@ 30 Jul 2018|
|COMPANY PROFILE||SoftBank Group Corp is a telecom and e-commerce company. The company provides mobile communication services, sale and lease of mobile devices, sale of mobile device accessories, and fixed-line telecommunications services in the U.S.
SoftBank is a Japan-based telecom and e-commerce conglomerate that has expanded mainly through acquisitions, and its key assets include a 28% stake in Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba; a wholly owned mobile and fixed broadband telecom operator business in Japan; and an 85% stake in U.S. mobile telecom operator Sprint. It recently purchased semiconductor chip designer ARM Holdings, and has a vast portfolio of mainly Internet- and e-commerce-focused early-stage investments. It is also general partner of the $100 billion SoftBank Vision Fund.
|Stock Valuation Below|
|The Price to Sales Ratio is a commonly used valuation indicator for a stock. While not as popular as the Price to Earnings Ratio, it overcomes some of the limitations of the PE Ratio in that it can be used even when the company is not making a profit or only making minimal profits. However, it should not be used by itself because a company may be achieving sales but not profits.|
|At the price of JPY9385.00 as at 30 Jul 2018, Softbank Group Corp is trading at a Price to Sales Ratio of 1.1 times last 12 months sales. This is a 7.0% premium to its historical average Price to Sales 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.|
|To find out more about our valuation methodology, click here.|
|Source of Data: Charts are 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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