Baxter International Inc. [NYSE:BAX]: Analyst Rating and Earnings

Equities traders frequently stay up to date regarding what leading market analysts think about a possible stock buy. As it relates to Baxter International Inc. [BAX], the latest mean analyst recommendation that’s publicly available is from the fiscal three-month period ending in December. On average, stock market experts give BAX an Outperform rating. Its stock price has been found in the range of 61.05 to 82.25. This is compared to its latest closing price of $77.65.

Wall Street analysts provide their ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, and the current average score for Baxter International Inc. [BAX] is sitting at 1.94. This is compared to 1 month ago, when its average rating was 1.94.

For the quarter ending in Mar-19 Baxter International Inc. [BAX] generated $2.63 billion in sales. That’s 0.91% higher than the average estimate of $2.61 billion as provided by Wall Street analysts. The three indicators above suggest that overall, this stock is demonstrating a mixed bag of positive appeal and some drawbacks, making it a somewhat risky investment that also has the potential to generate high ROI in the long run.

Stay on the lookout for the next quarterly financial report – the company is expected to release the following results on Thu 25 Jul (In 42 Days).

Fundamental Analysis of Baxter International Inc. [BAX]

Now let’s turn to look at profitability: with a current Operating Margin for Baxter International Inc. [BAX] sitting at +15.96 and its Gross Margin at +43.54, this company’s Net Margin is now 14.30%. These measurements indicate that Baxter International Inc. [BAX] is generating considerably more profit, after expenses are accounted for, compared to its market peers.

This company’s Return on Total Capital is 14.85, and its Return on Invested Capital has reached 12.00%. Its Return on Equity is 19.27, and its Return on Assets is 9.95. These metrics all suggest that Baxter International Inc. is doing well at using the money it earns to generate returns.

Turning to investigate this organization’s capital structure, Baxter International Inc. [BAX] has generated a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio of 44.61. Similarly, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 30.85, while its Total Debt to Total Assets stands at 22.23. Looking toward the future, this publicly-traded company’s Long-Term Debt to Equity is 44.56, and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 30.81. This company is not leveraging its assets to take on debt, which stunts its growth and limits the ROI for investors.

What about valuation? This company’s Enterprise Value to EBITDA is 16.15 and its Total Debt to EBITDA Value is 1.36. The Enterprise Value to Sales for this firm is now 3.72, and its Total Debt to Enterprise Value stands at 0.09. Baxter International Inc. [BAX] has a Price to Book Ratio of 4.33, a Price to Cash Flow Ratio of 17.15 and P/E Ratio of 26.54. These metrics show that this company has a mixed appeal, and ROI could be a gain or a loss.

Shifting the focus to workforce efficiency, Baxter International Inc. [BAX] earns $222,540 for each employee under its payroll. Similarly, this company’s Receivables Turnover is 6.17 and its Total Asset Turnover is 0.68. This publicly-traded organization’s liquidity data is also interesting: its Quick Ratio is 1.50 and its Current Ratio is 2.09. This company, considering these metrics, has a healthy ratio between its short-term liquid assets and its short-term liabilities, making it a less risky investment.

Baxter International Inc. [BAX] has 512.00M shares outstanding, amounting to a total market cap of $39.92B. Its stock price has been found in the range of 61.05 to 82.25. At its current price, it has moved by -5.20% from its 52-week high, and it has moved 27.71% from its 52-week low.

This stock’s Beta value is currently 0.96, which indicates that it is more volatile that the wider market. This stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 58.61. This RSI score is good, suggesting this stock is neither overbought or oversold.

Conclusion: Is Baxter International Inc. [BAX] a Reliable Buy?

Shares of Baxter International Inc. [BAX], on the whole, present investors with both positive and negative signals. Wall Street analysts have mixed reviews when it comes to the 12-month price outlook, and this company’s financials show a combination of strengths and weaknesses. Based on the price performance, this investment is somewhat risky while presenting reasonable potential for ROI.