Mobile US (TMUS) Shares Climb 0.8% on High Volume, Valuation in Line with Sector Averages

T-Mobile US (TMUS) stock climbed 0.8 % this afternoon. According to our metrics, the company seems overvalued at today's prices. In the below analysis, we will put T-Mobile US's valuation in the context of its poor growth indicators and positive market sentiment, which are also strong drivers for share price.

T-Mobile US, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides mobile communications services in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the United States Virgin Islands. The large-cap Telecommunications company is based in Bellevue, United States and has 71,000 full time employees.

TMUS Has a Higher P/E Ratio Than the Sector Average

Compared to the Telecommunications sector's average of 18.85, T-Mobile US has a trailing twelve month price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 44.6 and an expected P/E ratio of 15.7. The P/E ratios are calculated by dividing the company's share price by its trailing 12 month of $3.13 or forward earnings per share of $8.87.

Earnings represent the net profits left over after subtracting costs of goods sold, taxes, and operating costs from the company's recorded sales revenue. One way of looking at the P/E ratio is that it represents how much investors are willing to pay for every dollar's worth of the company's earnings. Since T-Mobile US's P/E ratio is higher than its sector average of 18.85, we can deduce that the market is overvaluing the company's earnings.

T-Mobile US Is Fairly Valued in Terms of Expected Growth

Another factor pointing to T-Mobile US's value is its PEG ratio of 0.35. This is the stock's price to earnings ratio divided by its estimated earnings growth rate. If the resulting ratio is near or lower than 1 -- but higher than 0 -- its indicates that the company is faitly valued in terms of expected growth.

TMUS Has an Average P/B Ratio

Traditionally, stock pickers used to focus primarily on finding issues that were trading significantly below their tangible asset value, to guarantee themselves a margin of safety. But such an approach would screen out many valuable securities because many profitable businesses -- especially those that heavily leverage information technology -- simply do not have many tangible assets compared to more capital intensive companies.

Therefore, modern value investors tend to focus less on absolute price to book value (P/B) ratios. Instead of singling out stocks with a P/B ratio of less than 1, they will compare the target company against its peer group. For T-Mobile US, the P/B value is 2.51 while the average for the Telecommunications sector is 3.12.

TMUS's Weak Cash Flow Generation Is Troubling

The table below shows that T-Mobile US is not generating enough cash. A well run company will generally have cash flows that reflect the strength of its underlying business, and in T-Mobile US's case, free cash flow is growing at an average rate of 0.7% with a coefficient of variability of 109.6%. We can also see that cash flows from operations are evolving at a 25.2% rate, versus 23.8%:

Date Reported Cash Flow from Operations ($ k) Capital expenditures ($ k) Free Cashflow ($ k) YoY Growth (%)
2022-12-31 16,781,000 -17,301,000 -520,000 93.31
2021-12-31 13,917,000 -21,692,000 -7,775,000 -108.61
2020-12-31 8,640,000 -12,367,000 -3,727,000 -597.94
2019-12-31 6,824,000 -7,358,000 -534,000 n/a

T-Mobile US's Is a Profitable Business

If you are looking to make TMUS a long term investment, it's essential that you understand the viability of its business through a study of its margins. Gross margins tell you how much the company makes in profit when only the costs directly related to producing the goods or delivering the service are taken into account. Operating margins, on the other hand, factor in overhead costs so they tell you how effectively T-Mobile US is run.

T-Mobile US's Gross Margins

Date Reported Revenue ($ k) Cost of Revenue ($ k) Gross Margins (%) YoY Growth (%)
2022-12-31 79,571,000 36,206,000 54.5 0.35
2021-12-31 80,118,000 36,605,000 54.31 -7.43
2020-12-31 68,397,000 28,266,000 58.67 -0.29
2019-12-31 44,998,000 18,521,000 58.84 n/a

T-Mobile US's Operating Margins

Date Reported Total Revenue ($ k) Operating Expenses ($ k) Operating Margins (%) YoY Growth (%)
2022-12-31 79,571,000 35,258,000 10.19 18.49
2021-12-31 80,118,000 36,621,000 8.6 -16.59
2020-12-31 68,397,000 33,077,000 10.31 -18.95
2019-12-31 44,998,000 20,755,000 12.72 n/a

T-Mobile US's cost of revenue is growing at a rate of 18.2% in contrast to 14.2% for operating expenses. Sales revenues, on the other hand, have experienced a 15.3% growth rate. As a result, the average gross margins growth is -1.9 and the average operating margins growth rate is -5.4, with coefficients of variability of 4.4% and 16.3% respectively.

T-Mobile US Benefits From Positive Market Signals

The market sentiment regarding T-Mobile US is overwhelmingly positive. The stock has an average rating of buy and target prices ranging from $205.11 to $134.92. TMUS is trading -14.05% away from its target price of $162.26. 4.9% of the company's shares are tied to short positions, and 43.2% of the shares are held by institutional investors.

Date Reported Holder Percentage Shares Value
2023-03-31 Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) 4% 49,068,313 $6,842,821,679
2023-03-31 Blackrock Inc. 4% 41,982,922 $5,854,728,464
2023-03-31 Softbank Group Corporation 3% 39,771,809 $5,546,377,696
2023-03-31 Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc 3% 32,746,412 $4,566,650,945
2023-03-31 State Street Corporation 2% 23,859,081 $3,327,268,184
2023-03-31 FMR, LLC 2% 21,481,405 $2,995,689,373
2022-12-31 Norges Bank Investment Management 2% 20,010,302 $2,790,536,702
2023-03-31 Royal Bank of Canada 1% 12,233,343 $1,706,000,870
2023-03-31 Geode Capital Management, LLC 1% 12,063,727 $1,682,347,070
2023-03-31 Dodge & Cox Inc 1% 11,126,724 $1,551,677,315
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