What Is Apple’s (AAPL) Stock Really Worth?

In an interview with CNBC’s Scott Wapner, NYU finance professor and valuation expert Aswath Damodaran, who started accumulating Apple (AAPL)’s stock in 1997 at around $5 per share before selling it in April 2012 at $600, said Apple represents a value play and is worth much more than $450 per share.

“This is a company that’s being priced for no growth and compressed margins already, so I don’t understand why the market would react the way it does to news that is, in a sense, is not being built into the stock price,” he said.

Asked by the host why the stock is trading at $450 when it’s worth much more, Damodaran, who is a fan of intrinsic value investing, said that Apple’s pps decline was shaking out a certain type of investor.

“If you’re a value investor, a true value investor, you’ve got to invest when you’re not comfortable,” he said. “Right now, am I comfortable investing in Apple? Not really, but I will invest in it because that’s the time to get into a stock if you’re a value investor.

“I’m going to buy Apple as a business, and I think I’m getting a pretty good business for the price I’m paying.”

Damodaran added that he was not surprised that the stock remained in a holding pattern.

“I think that’s precisely reason now the time, if you’re a value investor, to think about buying the stock,” he said, adding that the market is overly focused on small details, not fundamentals.

Damodaran believes AAPL is worth $600 per share.

1 Comment on What Is Apple’s (AAPL) Stock Really Worth?

  1. He “believes its worth $600″…why? How about digging for more details? In my opinion, AAPL is worth $800/share. Prove me wrong.

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