Amazon’s far-reaching ambitions, lack of profits, unnerve investors

Investors might be soothed if Amazon did a share buyback, Scanlon said, adding it was unlikely. While Amazon has more than $5 billion of cash and cash equivalents as of June, analysts say there’s little percentage in Amazon buying its own shares, given their lofty valuation even after a slump this year.

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Some assessments tag Amazon’s shares with a highly-overvalued warning sign.

According to Thomson Reuters StarMine, Amazon’s shares carry an intrinsic worth of $36.37 – or about a tenth of its current price – making the stock one of the most overvalued names in its universe of more than 4,000 U.S. companies. StarMine calculates its intrinsic value figure using growth expectations for the coming decade, and it suggests that at its current price, investors are discounting a much faster growth rate than Amazon could hope to achieve in coming years.

B. Riley, which downgraded Amazon to neutral from buy on Friday, argued it was hard to justify its valuation given “compromised cash flows.”

“There’s nothing wrong with spending to diversify your business, but it has to be a focused manner as opposed to throwing spaghetti on the wall and seeing what sticks,” Amobi said. “They’re a public company, they need some sensitivity” to shareholders. (Reuters)


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