Mainfreight Ltd [MFT.NZ]has had an absolute stellar ride share price wise over the last year.
Its share price has rise from around $6.25 a year ago to finish trading at $10.05 yesterday. An all-time high. Since March alone the share price has risen around 25% from 8 bucks, 80c of that alone happening over the last 5 trading days.
An investor will have to ask themselves, is this stock overvalued?
The answer for me is yes and no.
Looking at current financial's one would have to say the stock is way overvalued and I agree totally with this. You would have to be a knuckle dragging moron or a dribbling socialist to believe otherwise:
*Price Earnings Ratio (P/E) 38.480
*Earnings per Share (EPS) 0.261
*Net Tangible Assets per share 1.864
*Total Net Div Paid (last full financial year) 0.190
*Div Yield 2.70%
*Market Cap 989,615,360
If one looks at the past history of the company though and its track record of ever increasing revenue and profits - save for the last 2 years during the global economic downturn - one would have to consider that the current share price is one that reflects that past and the market clearly sees potential for more of that historical upside for the future - as do I.
Of course the returns for investors buying at these prices are going to be relatively low - at less than 3% net annually - so buying now at the current share price runs the risk that if and probably when the company doesn't live up to the market's expectations the share price is going to be hammered. This is of course a short term thing, every company has ups and downs and will have disappointing years but with Mainfreight's long positive track record through wise business management and capital use the company is more likely to run the way it always has.
At over $10 per share most investors will see this company as "expensive" but that price is just a reflection of how well management have run the company, especially over the last 2-3 years,which are probably the toughest it has ever encountered.
The caution here is that there is alot of positive market sentiment built into the MFT share price and for good reason, and there probably will be a pullback at some stage but there are good reasons as to why the share price is where it is.
If you are a short term investor stay away from this company, you will get burnt at the current share price. If you are thinking long term, just be patient, the share price will retreat at some stage.
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