Alibaba Stock Analysis (NYSE:BABA)

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Alibaba
Updated on : Jul 21, 2017
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BABA 151.9 (0%)
S&P 500 2472.5 (0%)
Closing Price On: Jul 21, 2017
stock rating
RATING: ★★★★★★★★★★ (0/5)
Industry :
Internet Commerce
Sector :
Retail-Wholesale
5 Quarter Revenue
Revenue Growth
2017-Q4
$billion
%
YOY GROWTH
Compared to the industry
Operating Profit
Operating Margin:
30%
Sector Average:
5.7%
5 Quarter Net Profit
Net Margins
2017-Q4
%
LTM Margin
Compared to the industry
Debt/Equity Ratio
Debt:
13.33B
Debt/Equity Ratio:
 0.29
Compared to the industry
Cash Flow
Operating cash flow:
$1.65B
Net Income:
$1.55B
PROS      CONS
Recent Growth
Operating Margins
Net Margins
Low Debt Burden
ROIC
ROE
FCF Margin
PE Valuation
PS Valuation
Rating: ★★★★★★★★★★ (0/5)
Relative Valuation
BABA PS :
16.4
Industry PS :
0.7
Sector:   Retail-Wholesale.   *PE adjusted for one time items.
Other Metrics
Return on Invested Capital:
14.6%
Return on Equity:
15.1%
Free Cash Flow Margin:
-2.3%
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Alibaba Analysis Video

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Alibaba’s revenue has climbed ever higher as the company puts all its efforts to expand its topline. This has led to massive infrastructure creation causing Alibaba’s assets to baloon. Alibaba’s stock analysis shows that while Alibaba's revenue growth makes the stock attractive, its expensive valuations make it risky. And unlike other fast growing ecommerce firms Alibaba has solid profit margins.

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Alibaba Group Holding Ltd Stock Rating (2.6/5)

Should you buy BABA stock?

  • Alibaba's revenue growth came in at 49.4% in 2017 Q4.
  • The TTM operating margin was good at 30% for Alibaba.
  • Net margins came in at average 27.5% for Alibaba over the last twelve months.
  • With a debt/equity ratio of  0.29, Alibaba is comparatively less leveraged than its peers in the Retail-Wholesale sector.
  • Alibaba has an attractive ROIC (Return on Invested Capital) of 14.6%
  • Alibaba has a good Return On Equity (ROE) of 15.1%.

Should you sell BABA stock?

  • The BABA stock currently trades at a PE of 57.8, which is expensive, compared to the industry average of 17.4.
  • BABA stock is trading at a PS multiple of 16.4, which is a negative when compared to the Internet Commerce industry average multiple of 0.7.
  • The company has a negative free cash flow margin of -2.3%.

Comments on this video and Alibaba stock

Alibaba’s stock price has fluctuated also based on the perceived strengths and weaknesses of the Chinese economy as majority of its revenues come from China. Alibaba stock price history shows that the stock saw a steep decline in 2015 when the concerns around Chinese economy were at its peak. The stock later recovered when the concerns around Chinese economy receded. Alibaba has managed a very high revenue growth rate in spite of its size. Alibaba is also expanding in to areas which will boost profits.

Alibaba PE ratio chart shows that the stock is expensive. Alibaba is also expanding in to cloud computing through Aliyun and payments through Ant Financials.