Is There More Room For Growth In L’Oreal Stock?

LRLCY: L'Oreal logo

After a 29% rise this year, L’Oreal stock (OTCMKTS: LRLCY) looks fully valued. L’Oreal stock has risen from $72 in early January to $92 now. This marks a significant outperformance with the 7% return for the broader S&P500 index. Looking at a slightly longer term, LRLCY stock is up 55% from levels in late 2019. This can be attributed to 1. the company’s P/S ratio, which rose 20% to 6.1x trailing revenues from 5.1x in 2019, 2. a 22% rise in L’Oreal revenue to $92.4 billion, and 3. its average shares outstanding falling 5% to 2.7 billion. Our interactive dashboard, Why L’Oreal Stock Moved, has more details.

L’Oreal is the largest manufacturer of cosmetics in the world. It sells makeup, fragrances, skincare, and hair care products through over 30 global brands. The company’s sales rose 12% to $40.9 billion in 2022, partly due to favorable foreign exchange. The company has also benefited from price increases in the recent past. Now that the lockdowns in China have been lifted, L’Oreal will likely see strong sales growth in the near term.

Not only has the company’s sales risen over the recent years, its operating margin has increased slightly from 18.6% in 2019 to 19.5% in 2022, despite elevated input costs. The company’s bottom line increased 21% y-o-y to $2.41 in 2022, led by higher revenues, margin expansion, and a decline in the number of shares outstanding. Looking at valuation, we think that L’Oreal stock is fully valued. At its current level of $92, LRLCY is trading at 6.1x its trailing twelve months’ revenues, compared to the last four-year average of 5.9x, implying that it is appropriately priced.

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While LRLCY stock looks appropriately priced, it is helpful to see comparisons for companies across industries at Peer Comparisons.

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Returns Apr 2023
MTD [1]
YTD [1]
Total [2]
 LRLCY Return 3% 29% 152%
 S&P 500 Return 0% 7% 83%
 Trefis Multi-Strategy Portfolio -3% 5% 230%

[1] Month-to-date and year-to-date as of 4/6/2023
[2] Cumulative total returns since the end of 2016

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