“If Apple was valued as CNBC’s Jim Cramer sees it — ‘the greatest consumer products company in history’ — the stock’s price target would be $300 a share, the Mad Money host said Tuesday,” Elizabeth Gurdus reports for CNBC.
“Speaking after Apple reported a third-quarter earnings beat driven by continued strength in its service stream revenue, which grew 31 percent since last year, Cramer again made the case for the company’s budding razor-razorblade model,” Gurdus reports. “‘Given the rapid growth of that service stream, this company deserves to sell at a price-to-earnings ratio that is more like a consumer packaged goods company,’ he said as Apple’s stock popped more than 3 percent in after-hours trading.”
“Cramer lamented the fact that Apple is valued like a ‘sturdy, cyclical industrial’ at just over 17 times next year’s earnings estimates. Instead, he said, it should be on par with top consumer goods stocks, which tend to trade at mid-20s multiples,” Gurdus reports. “‘In fact, [Apple] should be covered by the same analysts that cover a Procter & Gamble, a Clorox, a PepsiCo, a Colgate, because if it were, I could argue it should be valued at well north of $280 instead of about $200, where it is right now,’ the Mad Money host said… ‘The organic growth of these so-called steady-eddie companies is nowhere near that of Apple,’ he said of the consumer packaged goods plays. ‘The cash return to shareholders is nowhere near that of Apple. The brand loyalty is nowhere near that of Apple. The worldwide pervasiveness is fractional versus Apple. That’s how I could explain how the stock should have a $300 target, not a $200 target, which I think it’ll eclipse tomorrow,’ he continued.”
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