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The Dizzying Ride That Is Wynn Resorts Stock Is Not Slowing Down

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018 12:43 PM EDT

What happens when near-term stock valuations are based mostly on near-term financial results is that prices and investor reactions overshoot in both directions. When things are great, the stock reflects that and analysts have high estimates for future profits and use high valuation metrics due to those rosy outlooks. The opposite is seen as well. This week, as near-term profit expectations come down for WYNN, the multiples used to determine Wall Street price targets will also come down, undoubtedly justified in their minds “to reflect the near-term weakness of the business.”

From a valuation perspective, the value of a dollar of profit should not change based on near-term trends. The notion that WYNN should be valued at 15x EBITDA one quarter and 12x the next makes little sense if indeed we believe that the stock should reflect the discounted present value of all future profits in perpetuity.

To illustrate this phenomenon, let’s look at Wynn’s stock price and financial results since 2013. The 2018 revenue and EBITDA figures shown are my firm’s internal estimates.

As you can see, the stock price reacts far more violently, in both directions, than the actual financial results of the business. In each and every year, the stock move is more aggressive than the year-over-year (yoy) change in sales and profit. Interestingly, the stock today is 50% below the level of year-end 2013, even though EBITDA is roughly the same.

Generally speaking, this is why it makes sense to many of us in the industry to have a portion of one’s investment portfolio allocated to active managers; to try and take advantage of such mispricings in an inefficient marketplace.

In hindsight, it would have been nice to sell every share earlier this year and buy back each of those shares today. In actually, I am quite pleased that I bought it low and sold a portion when I did. While the roller coaster ride that is Wynn Resorts stock can be frustrating at times, there is no reason to jump off now. If my investment thesis is right (the Boston property does well and the legacy resorts in Las Vegas and Macau grow revenue and profits over the long term, despite short-term bumps along the way) then investors will surely get another chance to sell at a fair price in the future, just as they get chances to buy at attractive prices periodically.

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