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Is Verizon (NYSE: VZ) Stock Worth Owning?

by | Nov 30, 2021 | 52 Week Lows, Stock Picks

Verizon (VZ) Company Overview & Stock Price Forecast

This article provides a brief analysis and stock rating for Verizon (VZ) 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.

Verizon Fundamentals

VZ Stock Rating

Stock Price Target: $58.13

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

Verizon is a Mega Cap company with a Market Cap of $216.1B.

How are investors using Verizon’s earnings yield to assess the company?

Verizon (VZ stock)_ Earnings Yield in Comparison to the Telecom Services 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 Verizon is 13.29%%, in comparison to 3.46% for the S&P 500 and 1.48% for the 10-year treasury bond. The median earnings yield for the Telecom Services industry is 13.51%.

What does Verizon Price-to-Earnings Ratio (P/E) tell investors about the company?

Verizon (VZ stock)_ Price-to-Earnings, Price-to-Sales and Price-to-Book Value in Comparison to the Telecom Services 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. 

Verizon is currently trading at a P/E of 9.73. The P/E for the Telecom Services industry is 11.45 and the P/E for the S&P 500 is 28.94.

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

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.

Verizon is currently trading at a P/S of 1.67. The P/S for the Telecom Services industry is 1.41 and the P/S for the S&P 500 is 3.14.

How does Verizon Price-to-BookRatio (P/B) compare to the Telecom Services 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.

Verizon P/B ratio is 3.15. The P/B for the Telecom Services industry is 1.73 and the P/B for the S&P 500 is 4.74.

How attractive is Verizon Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) to investors?

Verizon (VZ)_ Return on Invested Capital in Comparison to the Telecom Services 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.

Verizon ROIC is currently 10.09% in comparison to 13.78% for the Telecom Services industry and 8.60% for the S&P 500.

What is Verizon 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 Verizon is -12.07%. The Telecom Services industry has a YTD performance of -12.62% in comparison to the YTD S&P 500 performance of 24.26%.

Verizon (VZ)_ YTD Performance in Comparison to the Telecom Services Industry and the S&P 500

Recent Financial Results

  • $1.55 in earnings per share (EPS), compared with $1.05 in Q3 2020
  • Operating revenue of $32.9B, up 4.3% from Q3 2020
  • Net income reported of $6.6B, an increase of 45.5% from Q3 2020
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $12.3B, an increase of 3.3% from Q3 2020
  • 129,000 total broadband net additions, defined as wireline and fixed wireless
  • Total wireless service revenue of $17.1B, a 3.9% increase YoY, driven by higher access revenue, volume growth and products
  • 699,000 retail postpaid net additions, including 429,000 phone net additions, resulting in 122M total retail connections

Stock Price Target: $58.13

Company Overview

VZ Stock Rating

Verizon Communications offers communications, technology, information, and entertainment products and services to consumers, businesses, and other entities worldwide.

As of December 2020, it had approximately 94 million wireless retail connections, 7 million broadband connections, and 4 million Fios video connections. Additionally, the company had approximately 27 million wireless retail postpaid connections and 482 thousand broadband connections.

Verizon Communications Inc. has strategic partnerships with Mastercard and Project Kuiper. The company was formerly known as Bell Atlantic Corporation and changed its name to Verizon Communications in June 2000. Verizon was incorporated in 1983 and is headquartered in New York, New York. The current CEO is Hans Vestberg.

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