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Morses Club PLC (LON:MCL): A Fundamentally Attractive Investment

Simply Wall St

As an investor, I look for investments which do not compromise one fundamental factor for another. By this I mean, I look at stocks holistically, from their financial health to their future outlook. In the case of Morses Club PLC (LON:MCL), it is a financially-healthy company with a great history of performance, trading at a discount. Below, I've touched on some key aspects you should know on a high level. For those interested in understanding where the figures come from and want to see the analysis, take a look at the report on Morses Club here.

Undervalued with proven track record and pays a dividend

Over the past year, MCL has grown its earnings by 24%, with its most recent figure exceeding its annual average over the past five years. The strong earnings growth is reflected in impressive double-digit 23% return to shareholders, which paints a buoyant picture for the company. MCL's strong financial health means that all of its upcoming liability payments are able to be met by its current cash and short-term investment holdings. This implies that MCL manages its cash and cost levels well, which is a crucial insight into the health of the company. MCL seems to have put its debt to good use, generating operating cash levels of 1.45x total debt in the most recent year. This is also a good indication as to whether debt is properly covered by the company’s cash flows.

AIM:MCL Income Statement, August 29th 2019

MCL's shares are now trading at a price below its true value based on its discounted cash flows, indicating a relatively pessimistic market sentiment. This mispricing gives investors the opportunity to buy into the stock at a cheap price compared to the value they will be receiving, should analysts' consensus forecast growth be correct. Also, relative to the rest of its peers with similar levels of earnings, MCL's share price is trading below the group's average. This further reaffirms that MCL is potentially undervalued.

AIM:MCL Intrinsic value, August 29th 2019

Next Steps:

For Morses Club, I've compiled three fundamental aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for MCL’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for MCL’s outlook.
  2. Dividend Income vs Capital Gains: Does MCL return gains to shareholders through reinvesting in itself and growing earnings, or redistribute a decent portion of earnings as dividends? Our historical dividend yield visualization quickly tells you what your can expect from MCL as an investment.
  3. Other Attractive Alternatives : Are there other well-rounded stocks you could be holding instead of MCL? Explore our interactive list of stocks with large potential to get an idea of what else is out there you may be missing!

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