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Johnson & Johnson’s valuation
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, has a diversified business spanning its consumer, medical device, and pharmaceutical segments. The company reported sales of $20 billion in Q1 2018 and adjusted EPS of $2.06. Let’s look at Johnson & Johnson’s valuation metrics.
Forward PE multiples
Forward PE multiples, the most widely used valuation metrics, represent how much an investor is willing to pay for a unit of companies’ expected earnings over the next 12 months. They are calculated by dividing a company’s current stock price by its next-12-month earnings estimate per unit of stock. As of June 19, Johnson & Johnson was trading at a forward PE multiple of ~14.7x, whereas the industry average was 16.2x and peers Novartis (NVS), Merck (MRK), and Eli Lilly (LLY) had PE multiples of 13.5x, 13.9x, and 16.3x, respectively.
Forward EV-to-EBITDA multiples
Johnson & Johnson’s forward EV[1.enterprise value]-to-EBITDA multiple is ~11.3x, lower than the industry average of ~12.7x and peers’ multiples—Novartis, Merck, and Eli Lilly have forward EV-to-EBITDA multiples of 12.6x, 11.4x, and 13x, respectively.
On June 6, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) announced it had received a $2.8 billion offer from Fortive (FTV) to sell its ASP (Advanced Sterilization Products) business, part of its subsidiary, Ethicon.
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