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When Should You Buy Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA)?

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Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:HA), which is in the airlines business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to $31.39 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $24.49. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether Hawaiian Holdings's current trading price of $24.98 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Hawaiian Holdings’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

See our latest analysis for Hawaiian Holdings

What is Hawaiian Holdings worth?

Good news, investors! Hawaiian Holdings is still a bargain right now. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Hawaiian Holdings’s ratio of 5.15x is below its peer average of 10.46x, which suggests the stock is undervalued compared to the Airlines industry. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because Hawaiian Holdings’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.

Can we expect growth from Hawaiian Holdings?

NasdaqGS:HA Past and Future Earnings, June 3rd 2019

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. Though in the case of Hawaiian Holdings, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -14%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although HA is currently undervalued, the adverse prospect of negative growth brings about some degree of risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to HA, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on HA for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you dig deeper into the stock. Given its current undervaluation, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.

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

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