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Here’s What Smart Investors Think About L.S. Starrett Stock (NYSE: SCX)

by | Dec 7, 2021 | 52 Week Lows, Stock Picks

L.S. Starrett (SCX) Company Overview & Stock Price Forecast

This article provides a brief analysis and stock rating for L.S. Starrett (SCX) including an updated stock price target. Additional data on the company’s earnings yield, price/earnings ratio, return on invested capital and YTD performance are discussed as well.

L.S. Starrett Fundamentals

SCX Stock Rating

Stock Price Target: $16.22

In the section below, we discuss the earnings yield, P/E, return on invested capital and YTD performance for L.S. Starrett in comparison to the Machinery industry and the S&P 500.

L.S. Starrett is a Micro Cap company with a Market Cap of $65.4M.

How are investors using L.S. Starrett earnings yield to assess the company?

L.S. Starrett (SCX stock)_ Earnings Yield in Comparison to the Machinery Industry, S&P 500 and 10 Year Treasury Rate

The earnings yield is used to show the percentage of a company’s earnings per share. Investors typically use earnings yield to determine which assets are underpriced or overpriced relative to other variables, like sector, industry or bond yields. Simply put, the earnings yield of a company can be used to assess how expensive a company is in relation to the earnings that are generated. When valuing companies, the SIS Research Group does not utilize the inverse P/E ratio to calculate the earnings yield. Instead, we use an adjusted earning yield calculation to capture variation amongst companies (i.e. debt and tax rates).

The current earnings yield for L.S. Starrett is 28.57%, in comparison to 3.50% for the S&P 500 and 1.35% for the 10-year treasury bond. The median earnings yield for the Machinery industry is 6.13%.

What does L.S. Starrett Price-to-Earnings Ratio (P/E) tell investors about the company?

L.S. Starrett (SCX)_ Price-to-Earnings, Price-to-Sales and Price-to-Book Value in Comparison to the Machinery Industry and the S&P 500

The price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) is a relatively popular metric used by investors and analysts for valuing a company’s stock. The P/E ratio can be used to show how a stock’s valuation compares to other companies and the total market. Investors use the P/E ratio to determine what the market is willing to pay today based on a company’s past or future earnings. A high P/E ratio could mean that a stock’s price is too high relative to earnings, which could be a signal that a stock is currently overvalued. In turn, a low P/E ratio could indicate that a company’s current stock price is low relative to earnings. 

L.S. Starrett is currently trading at a P/E of 4.40. The P/E for the Machinery industry is 21.88 and the P/E for the S&P 500 is 28.94.

What is the current Price-to-Sales Ratio (P/S) for L.S. Starrett?

The Price-to-Sales Ratio (P/S) looks at a company’s market cap and revenue to determine valuation. The P/S ratio is calculated by taking a company’s market cap and dividing by the total sales or revenue. The P/S ratio gives an idea of how much the market values every dollar of a company’s sales and can be effective in valuing unprofitable growth stocks or companies that are currently undergoing special situations or challenges. A lower the P/S ratio can be an indicator of good value.

L.S. Starrett is currently trading at a P/S of 0.29. The P/S for the Machinery industry is 2.68 and the P/S for the S&P 500 is 3.14.

How does L.S. Starrett Price-to-BookRatio (P/B) compare to the Machinery industry?

Price-to-book value (P/B) is the ratio of the market value of a company’s shares divided by its book value of equity (the value of it’s assets on the books). The book value is the difference between the book value of assets and liabilities. Typically, investors use the P/B ratio to assess if a stock is valued properly (a value of one means that the stock price is trading in line with the book value of the company). A company with a high P/B ratio could mean the stock price is overvalued as well as the converse.

L.S. Starrett P/B ratio is 0.75. The P/B for the Machinery industry is 4.55 and the P/B for the S&P 500 is 4.74.

How attractive is L.S. Starrett Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) to investors?

L.S. Starrett (SCX)_ Return on Invested Capital in Comparison to the Machinery Industry and the S&P 500

Investors use the return on invested capital (ROIC) to assess how efficient a company is at turning capital into profits. The ROIC is the amount of money a company makes on it’s investments that is above the average cost of debt and equity.

Investors can use the ROIC to provide context for metrics like the (P/E) ratio. For instance, when used in isolation a low P/E ratio could suggest a company is oversold but the decline could be because a company is no longer generating value for shareholders. Conversely, companies that consistently generate high rates of ROIC can plausibly trade at a premium compared to other stocks, even if their P/E ratios are high.

L.S. Starrett ROIC is currently 17.47% in comparison to 12.39% for the Machinery industry and 8.60% for the S&P 500.

What is L.S. Starrett YTD Performance in comparison to its industry and the total market?

The year-to-date (YTD) performance is the amount of profit/loss realized by a stock since the first trading day of the current calendar year. 

The YTD performance for L.S. Starrett is 118.56%. The Machinery industry has a YTD performance of 17.48% in comparison to the YTD S&P 500 performance of 22.71%.

L.S. Starrett (SCX)_ YTD Performance in Comparison to the Machinery Industry and the S&P 500

Recent Financial Results

  • Net sales reported of $61.5M, an increase of 25% compared to $49.4M in the prior years quarter
  • Operating income of $4.1M, an increase of $2.3M (or 125%) compared to $1.8M in the prior years quarter
  • Net income of $3.2M ($0.44 per share) compared to $4.1M in prior years quarter (or $0.57 per share)

Stock Price Target: $16.22

Company Overview

SCX Stock Rating

The L.S. Starrett Company manufactures and sells industrial, professional, and consumer measuring and cutting tools, and related products in the US and internationally. The company’s products include precision tools, electronic gauges and laser measuring equipment.

L.S. Starrett primarily distributes its products through distributors or resellers. It serves the metalworking, aerospace, medical, oil and gas, machinery, government, equipment, and automotive markets. The company was founded in 1880 and is headquartered in Athol, Massachusetts. The current CEO is Douglas Starrett.

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This material is provided for informational purposes only and is not financial advice. The information contained herein should not solely be used for the formation of an investment decision, whether you are a long term or short term investor.