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At $22.07, Is It Time To Buy Patterson-UTI Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PTEN)?

Andrew Carroll

Patterson-UTI Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PTEN), an energy company based in United States, saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NasdaqGS. With many analysts covering the mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s examine Patterson-UTI Energy’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity. Check out our latest analysis for Patterson-UTI Energy

Is Patterson-UTI Energy still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 6% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Patterson-UTI Energy today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $20.8, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Patterson-UTI Energy’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of Patterson-UTI Energy look like?

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Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. Patterson-UTI Energy’s earnings over the next few years are expected to double, indicating a very optimistic future ahead. This should lead to stronger cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in PTEN’s positive outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on PTEN, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Patterson-UTI Energy. You can find everything you need to know about Patterson-UTI Energy in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Patterson-UTI Energy, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.