Saturday 9 May 2020

Inter RAO UES (MCX:IRAO) stock soared 569% in the last 5 years

Inter RAO is a huge diversified energy holding company headquartered in Moscow, Russia. Its business surely includes power and heat generation, electricity supply, international energy trading, engineering, design and development of electric power infrastructure. The stock of this company is IRAO (MCX). The company was founded in 1997. To add to its assets in Russia, the company controls several energy companies outside Russia including thermal and hydro power plants, grid operators and energy traders. The massive company holds a monopoly on the export and import of electricity in Russia. Inter RAO is certainly one of the largest Russian public energy companies by market capitalization which exceeded US$10.5 billion at the end of 2011.

There is sure an opportunity with investing into Inter RAO. When making your decision, consider factors like the Beta. The Beta is a measure of a stock’s volatility, compared to the market as a whole.

Think about the Future Earnings of the company. Inter RAO’s growth rate compares well to its peers and the wider market. Inter RAO UES (MCX:IRAO) stock has Soared 569% in the last five years. Also, the share price is up 42% in about a quarter.

Long term investing with this stock can be successful. What a great price performance this stock had. Some analysts may think that share prices do not always reflect well the true value of a business. You can also take a look at the interaction between a company's share price and its earnings per share (EPS). During the 5 years of share price growth, Inter RAO UES actually moved from a loss to profitability. The start of profitability is an important point to think about. This company made a profit 3 years ago, but not 5 years ago. The Inter RAO UES share price has gained 70% in 3 years. In the same period, EPS is up 9.9% per year. The EPS growth has been slower than the annualised share price gain of 19% over 3 years. This strongly suggests that the market is more enthusiastic about the stock than it was 3 years ago.

For Inter RAO UES, the TSR (Total Shareholder Return) over the last 5 years was 657%. This calculation includes its dividend payments. This certainly seems like a good stock opportunity.

The history of Inter RAO is interesting. The company was established in 1997 as a subsidiary of the Russian unified power company RAO UES. Its initial focus was on international energy trading. In 2002, Inter RAO started exporting electricity from Russia and generating its own electricity using a rented power generation unit at Irikla Thermal Power Plant. In 2003, Rosenergoatom certainly acquired a 40% stake in Inter RAO, and the company became the sole exporter of Russian electricity. In the following years, Inter RAO made many various acquisitions.

Major shareholders of Inter RAO are Russian state-owned entities. As of August 2018, shareholders of Inter RAO were:

Rosneftegaz - 27.63%
FGC UES - 9.24%
Inter RAO Capital - 29.39%
Freely traded (minority shareholders) - 33.74%


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