By Rob Otman
Citigroup (NYSE: C) is a $185 billion company today. Investors that bought shares one year ago are sitting on a 60.32% total return. That’s above the S&P 500’s return of 18.09%.
Citigroup stock is beating the market, but does that make it a good buy today? To answer this question, we’ve turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our Research Team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.
Our system looks at six key metrics…
✗ Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: Citigroup reported a recent EPS growth rate of 22.52%. That’s below the banking industry average of 189.86%. That’s not a good sign. We like to see companies that have higher earnings growth.
✓ Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the banking industry is 26.73. And Citigroup’s ratio comes in at 12.72. It’s trading at a better value than many of its competitors.
✓ Debt-to-Equity: The debt-to-equity ratio for Citigroup stock is 232.92%. That’s below the banking industry average of 322.18%. The company is less leveraged.
✗ Free Cash Flow per Share Growth: Citigroup’s FCF has been lower than that of its competitors over the last year. That’s not good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth. It’s one of our most important fundamental factors.
✗ Profit Margins: The profit margin of Citigroup comes in at 18.86% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this margin above that of its competitors. Citigroup’s profit margin is below the banking average of 26.24%. So that’s a negative indicator for investors.
✗ Return on Equity: Return on equity gives us a look at the amount of net income returned to shareholders. The ROE for Citigroup is 6.75%, and that’s below its industry average ROE of 13.99%.
Citigroup stock passes two of our six key metrics today. That’s why our Investment U Stock Grader rates it as a Hold With Caution.
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