Newmont (NEM) Is Up 0.7% Today - Is It Still an Opportunity?

Shares of Newmont (NEM) jumped 0.7 % during today's afternoon session, bringing their 52 week performance to -6.0%. The stock seems to be fairly valued in terms of traditional metrics, but in this day in age, we believe that a complete stock analysis should also take into account the company's mixed growth prospects and mixed market sentiment.

Newmont Corporation engages in the production and exploration of gold. The large-cap Basic Materials company is based in Denver, United States and has 14,600 full time employees.

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

Compared to the Basic Materials sector's average of 10.03, Newmont has a trailing twelve month price to earnings (P/E) ratio of -58.2 and an expected P/E ratio of 12.1. The P/E ratios are calculated by dividing the company's share price by its trailing 12 month of $-0.7 or forward earnings per share of $3.37.

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 Newmont's P/E ratio is higher than its sector average of 10.03, we can deduce that the market is overvaluing the company's earnings.

NEM 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 Newmont, the P/B value is 1.68 while the average for the Basic Materials sector is 2.08.

Investors Stand to Gain from NEM's Cash Flows

Newmont has strong cash flows. With a coefficient of variability of 7.3% and an average growth rate of -4.7%, the company is effectively turning its revenue into cash. We calculate Newmont's free cash flows by subtracting capital expenditures (long term investments in the business) from its total cash flows from operations. The table below shows us that capital expenditures are evolving at a 17.8% rate, versus -13.0% for operating expenses:

Date Reported Cash Flow from Operations ($ k) Capital expenditures ($ k) Free Cashflow ($ k) YoY Growth (%)
2023-02-23 3,220,000 -2,131,000 5,351,000 -9.79
2022-02-24 4,279,000 -1,653,000 5,932,000 -4.08
2021-02-18 4,882,000 -1,302,000 6,184,000 n/a

Newmont's Margins Are Strong

If you buy a stock for the long run, you want the underlying business model to be profitable. Gross margins tell you how much profit the company generates compared to the cost of revenue, which is the cost directly related to providing Newmont's goods and services. Operating margins, on the other hand, tell you how much of these profits the company keeps after you take overhead into account.

Newmont's Gross Margins

Date Reported Revenue ($ k) Cost of Revenue ($ k) Gross Margins (%) YoY Growth (%)
2023-02-23 11,915,000 -6,468,000 45.72 -17.67
2022-02-24 12,222,000 -5,435,000 55.53 -1.53
2021-02-18 11,497,000 -5,014,000 56.39 n/a

Newmont's Operating Margins

Date Reported Total Revenue ($ k) Operating Expenses ($ k) Operating Margins (%) YoY Growth (%)
2023-02-23 11,915,000 -3,842,000 13.47 -17.51
2022-02-24 12,222,000 -4,791,000 16.33 -42.03
2021-02-18 11,497,000 -3,244,000 28.17 n/a

Newmont's cost of revenue is growing at a rate of -8.9% in contrast to -5.8% for operating expenses. Sales revenues, on the other hand, have experienced a 1.2% growth rate. As a result, the average gross margins growth is -6.8 and the average operating margins growth rate is -21.8, with coefficients of variability of 11.3% and 40.3% respectively.

We See Mixed Market Signals Regarding NEM

Newmont has an average rating of hold and target prices ranging from $93.96 to $53.19. At its current price of $40.73, the company is trading -46.76% away from its target price of $76.5. 3.4% of the company's shares are linked to short positions, and 82.1% of the shares are owned by institutional investors.

Date Reported Holder Percentage Shares Value
2023-03-31 Blackrock Inc. 12% 95,023,960 $3,869,850,626
2023-03-31 Vanguard Group Inc 9% 70,142,753 $2,856,563,508
2023-03-31 State Street Corporation 5% 40,231,950 $1,638,446,102
2023-06-30 Van Eck Associates Corporation 4% 33,368,384 $1,358,927,387
2023-03-31 First Eagle Investment Management, LLC 2% 18,430,298 $750,573,857
2023-03-31 Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft 2% 17,968,912 $731,783,913
2023-03-31 Charles Schwab Investment Management, Inc. 2% 15,728,029 $640,523,957
2023-03-31 FMR, LLC 2% 14,718,524 $599,411,867
2023-03-31 Geode Capital Management, LLC 2% 14,289,705 $581,948,214
2023-06-30 Flossbach von Storch AG 2% 14,296,942 $582,242,941
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