At 3M Company (MMM), the Share Price Got a Bit Ahead of the Fundamentals

Shares of 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) recorded 1.71% gain during trading session on August 13th, 2019. The script traded as low as $162.15 and last traded at $164.88. 3.25 million shares changed exchanged hands during trading, a drop of -5.06% from the 30-day average session volume of 3.09M shares. The firm had previously closed at $162.10. The company has $577.92M outstanding shares, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.06, price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.97and a beta of 1.11. The company has a RSI of 41.63, ATR of 4.09 and a volatility of 2.43% this week. MMM has a 52 week low price of $158.04 and a 52 week high price of $219.75.

Investors have identified the tech company 3M Company as an interesting stock but before investments are made there, an in-depth look at its trading activities will have to be conducted. The share is trading with a market value of around 95.29B, the company now has both obstacles and catalysts that affect them and they came from their mode of operations. With the company affected by events currently, it is a perfect time to analyze the numbers behind the firm in order to come up with a rather realistic picture of what this stock is.

3M Company (MMM) Fundamentals that are to be considered.

When analyzing a stock, the first fundamental thing to take into account is the balance sheet. How healthy the balance sheet of a company is will determine if the company will be able to carry out all its financial and non-financial obligations and also keep the faith of its investors. For MMM, the company has in raw cash 2.85 billion on their books with 2.13 billion currently as liabilities. How the trend is over time is what investors should be concerned about. The company has a healthy balance sheet as their debt profile has been on a decline. In terms of their assets, the company currently has 14.05 billion total, with 575.28 million as their total liabilities. This figure have given the company a good sense of viability under numerous contexts.

MMM were able to record 1.9 billion as free cash flow during the recently reported quarter of the year, this saw their quarterly net cash flow reduce by 4 million. In cash movements, the company had a total of 2.71 billion as operating cash flow.

Potential earnings growth for 3M Company (MMM)

In order to determine the future investment potential for this stock, we will have to analyze key trends that affect it. During the third quarter of the year, 3M Company recorded a total of 8.17 billion in revenue. This figure implies that they witnessed a quarterly year/year change in their earnings with -0.03% coming in sequential stages and their sales for the third quarter increasing by 0.04%.

What matters though is how it ends. When the core data for the company is broken down, then the stock sounds interesting. The company spent 4.31 billion trying to sell their products during the last quarter, with the result yielding a gross income of 3.86 billion. This allows shareholders to hold on to 577.92M with the revenue now reading 1960 cents per share. This is a figure that is close to analyst’s prediction for their fourth quarter (2.33 cents a share).

Is the stock of MMM attractive?

Having a look at the company’s valuation, the company is expected to record 10.16 total earnings per share during the next fiscal year. It is very important though to remember that the importance of trend far outweighs that of outlook. This analysis has been great and getting further updates on MMM sounds very interesting.

In related news, Sr Vice President Banovetz John Patrick sold 1,040 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that recorded on August 2nd, 2019. The sale was performed at an average price of 170.40, for a total value of 177,213. As the sale deal closes, the Director Banovetz John Patrick now bought 1,200 shares of the company’s stock, valued at 203,400. Also, Executive Vice President Delgado Joaquin sold 5,400 shares of the company’s stock in a deal that was recorded on May 17th, 2019. The shares were sold at an average price of 169.68 per share, with a total market value of 22,692. Following this completion of acquisition, the Director now holds 1,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at 176,260. In the last 6 months, insiders have changed their ownership in shares of company stock by 0.10%.

1 out of 19 analysts covering the stock have rated it a Buy, while 13 have maintained a Hold recommendation on 3M Company stock. 2 analysts has assigned a Sell rating on the MMM stock. The 12-month mean consensus price target for the company’s shares has been set at $179.60.