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When Should You Buy Essentra plc (LON:ESNT)?

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Essentra plc (LON:ESNT), which is in the chemicals business, and is based in United Kingdom, led the LSE gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. With many analysts covering the stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s take a look at Essentra’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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Is Essentra still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 16% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Essentra today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is £4.91, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Essentra’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 kind of growth will Essentra generate?

LSE:ESNT Past and Future Earnings, March 24th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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. With profit expected to more than double over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Essentra. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in ESNT’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 an eye on ESNT, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook 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 Essentra. You can find everything you need to know about Essentra in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Essentra, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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