Waste Management may be overvalued with mixed growth prospects, but the 16 analysts following the company give it an average rating of buy. The analysts have set target prices ranging from $151.0 to $196.0 per share, for an average of $168.31. At today's price of $154.46, Waste Management is trading -8.23% away from its average target price, suggesting there is an analyst consensus of some upside potential.
Waste Management, Inc. is an American waste management, comprehensive waste, and environmental services company in North America. The large-cap Utilities company is based in Houston, TX. Waste Management has offered a 1.81% dividend yield over the last 12 months.
Waste Management has a trailing twelve month P/E ratio of 29.48, compared to an average of 22.89 for the Utilities sector. Based on its EPS guidance of 6.71, the company has a forward P/E ratio of 23.02. Based on the average annual growth rate of Waste Management's historical and projected earnings per share, which is 9.6%, the company's PEG ratio is 3.07. This suggests that these shares are overvalued.
Furthermore, Waste Management is likely overvalued compared to its book value, since its P/B ratio of 9.75 is higher than the sector average of 1.03. The company's shares are currently trading 280.16% above their Graham number, implying that they are overvalued in terms of earnings and book value.
If analysts are giving the the company a decent rating despite its hefty price point, it could be related to its strong cash flows and increasing revenues. Furthermore, Waste Management has wide margins as you can see in the financial summary below.
|Gross Margins Growth||n/a||-3.97%||3.96%||4.52%|
|Operating Margins Growth||n/a||-8.76%||3.2%||2.05%|
|Net Margins Growth||n/a||-9.11%||2.85%||10.79%|
|Earnings Per Share||$3.94||$3.54||$4.36||$5.49|
|Diluted Shares (MM)||424||423||416||408|
|Free Cash Flow (MM)||$2,056||$1,771||$2,434||$1,949|
|Capital Expenditures (MM)||$1,818||$1,632||$1,904||$2,587|
|Net Debt / EBITDA||5.08||5.6||4.88||4.35|