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At $8.27, Is 21Vianet Group Inc (NASDAQ:VNET) A Buy?

Matthew Smith

21Vianet Group Inc (NASDAQ:VNET), a internet company based in China, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NasdaqGS. Less-covered, small caps sees more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the public, which can be a good thing. So, could the stock still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Today I will analyse the most recent data on 21Vianet Group’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists. See our latest analysis for 21Vianet Group

What’s the opportunity in 21Vianet Group?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. I’ve used the price-to-book ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows, and its earnings doesn’t seem to reflect its true value. The stock’s ratio of 1.37x is currently trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 3.07x, which means if you buy 21Vianet Group today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe that 21Vianet Group should be trading at this level in the long run, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because 21Vianet Group’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

What does the future of 21Vianet Group look like?

NasdaqGS:VNET Future Profit Mar 12th 18

Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company’s future expectations. Though in the case of 21Vianet Group, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting top-line growth of 4.53% in the next few years, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in VNET’s growth 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 VNET? 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 VNET, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive growth outlook may mean it’s worth diving deeper into other factors 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 21Vianet Group. You can find everything you need to know about 21Vianet Group in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in 21Vianet Group, 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.