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Has Micron Technology Already Seen Its Biggest Gains?

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Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU), one of the world’s leading providers of innovative memory and storage solutions, has been a darling of tech investors for several years. And it takes only a quick glance at its stock chart to see why.

Over the past decade-plus, shares have soared more than tenfold – an absolute dream for investors. This growth was thanks to Micron’s strong market position and the increasing global demand for memory and storage products and services.

Chart: Micron Technology (Nasdaq: MU)

But with shares trading near their all-time high, investors may be wondering whether there’s still value to be found in this stock or its best gains are already behind it.

To answer this question, let’s run Micron through The Value Meter and take a closer look at its fundamentals.

The company currently trades at an enterprise value-to-net asset value (EV/NAV) ratio of 3.2, which seems to be a clear discount to the average of 7 among its peers. But, as always, we must consider the company’s ability to generate cash flow.

Micron’s free cash flow has been negative in each of the past four quarters, averaging -1.8% of the company’s net assets during that span. While that’s better than the average of -3.8% for similar firms, it still raises some concerns about the company’s cash generation capabilities.

It’s important to keep in mind the capital-intensity and seasonality of the memory chip business when evaluating Micron’s performance. The company operates in a cyclical industry that requires significant investments in research and development and manufacturing facilities to stay competitive.

Micron faced some challenges in recent years, such as weak market demand and supply chain issues. But thanks to its strong balance sheet and disciplined approach to spending, it weathered the storm relatively well.

Looking ahead, there are reasons to be optimistic about Micron’s future prospects.

The company recently reported a strong second fiscal quarter, with revenue, gross margins and earnings per share all coming in well above guidance.

This impressive performance was driven by improved supply-demand dynamics in the memory market, which led to robust price increases for Micron’s products. As a result, the company has returned to profitability, and it expects further price increases throughout 2024.

This positive outlook sets the stage for record revenue and strong profit growth in fiscal 2025. And as industry fundamentals continue to improve, Micron’s free cash flow is well positioned to turn positive in the coming quarters.

Plus, Micron stands to benefit significantly from the rapid advancements in artificial intelligence (AI). Memory and storage play a crucial role in developing and deploying generative AI systems.

As AI workloads continue to drive increased demand for memory and storage in servers, PCs, smartphones and other devices, Micron is extremely well equipped to capture this growth opportunity.

Bottom line? While Micron’s recent cash flow performance has been less than stellar, the company’s valuation seems to reflect its solid competitive position, strengthening cash flow profile and substantial growth runway thanks to the ongoing AI revolution.

The Value Meter rates Micron Technology as “Appropriately Valued.”

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