International Paper Company [NYSE: IP] opened at $43.89 and closed at $43.52 a share within trading session on 13/06/2019. That means that the stock gained by 0.92% compared to the closing price from a day before, when the stock touched $43.92.

Between the start and the closing of the latest trading session, International Paper Company [NYSE: IP] had 3.52 million shares being bought and sold. In the last three months, average trading volumes hovered around 3.05M shares. During the last week, volatility in the share price was set at 2.43%, which placed the metric for the last 30 days at 2.32%. The price of the stock additionally went down to $37.55 during that period and IP managed to take a rebound to $58.43 in the last 52 weeks.

International Paper Company [NYSE:IP]: Analyst Rating and Earnings

Stock traders often pay close attention what Wall Street analysts have to say about a potential investment. For International Paper Company [IP], the latest consensus recommendation available followed its financial results for the fiscal quarter ending in December. On average, stock market experts give IP an Outperform rating. Its stock price has been found in the range of 37.55 to 58.43. This is compared to its latest closing price of $43.52.

Wall Street analysts provide their ratings on a scale of 1 to 5, and the current average score for International Paper Company [IP] is sitting at 2.27. This is compared to 1 month ago, when its average rating was 2.38.

For the quarter ending in Mar-19 International Paper Company [IP] generated $5.64 billion in sales. That’s 1.54% lower than the average estimate of $5.73 billion as provided by Wall Street analysts. The three indicators above suggest that on the whole, this stock is not presenting an attractive investment option, as there are too many red flags that don’t point to a high-value ROI.

Keep an eye out for the next scheduled publication date for this company’s financial results, which are expected to be released on Thu 25 Jul (In 41 Days).

Fundamental Analysis of International Paper Company [IP]

Now let’s turn to look at profitability: with a current Operating Margin for International Paper Company [IP] sitting at +12.86 and its Gross Margin at +27.71, this company’s Net Margin is now 7.30%. These metrics indicate that this company is not generating as much profit, after accounting for expenses, compared to its market peers.

This company’s Return on Total Capital is 16.77, and its Return on Invested Capital has reached 12.90%. Its Return on Equity is 24.01, and its Return on Assets is 4.94. These metrics all suggest that International Paper Company is doing well at using the money it earns to generate returns.

Turning to investigate this organization’s capital structure, International Paper Company [IP] has generated a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio of 144.72. Similarly, its Total Debt to Total Capital is 59.14, while its Total Debt to Total Assets stands at 31.73. Looking toward the future, this publicly-traded company’s Long-Term Debt to Equity is 136.04, and its Long-Term Debt to Total Capital is 55.59. 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 6.46 and its Total Debt to EBITDA Value is 2.46. The Enterprise Value to Sales for this firm is now 1.20, and its Total Debt to Enterprise Value stands at 0.40. International Paper Company [IP] has a Price to Book Ratio of 2.20, a Price to Cash Flow Ratio of 5.18 and P/E Ratio of 10.53. These metrics all suggest that International Paper Company is more likely to generate a positive ROI.

Shifting the focus to workforce efficiency, International Paper Company [IP] earns $439,736 for each employee under its payroll. Similarly, this company’s Receivables Turnover is 6.47 and its Total Asset Turnover is 0.69. This publicly-traded organization’s liquidity data is also interesting: its Quick Ratio is 1.01 and its Current Ratio is 1.49. 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.

International Paper Company [IP] has 400.50M shares outstanding, amounting to a total market cap of $17.59B. Its stock price has been found in the range of 37.55 to 58.43. At its current price, it has moved down by -24.83% from its 52-week high, and it has moved up 16.96% from its 52-week low.

This stock’s Beta value is currently 1.55, which indicates that it is 2.43% more volatile that the wider market. This stock’s Relative Strength Index (RSI) is at 48.35. This RSI score is good, suggesting this stock is neither overbought or oversold.

Conclusion: Is International Paper Company [IP] a Reliable Buy?

Shares of International Paper Company [IP], 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.