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When Should You Buy Hortonworks Inc (NASDAQ:HDP)?

Ben Rossbaum

Hortonworks Inc (NASDAQ:HDP), a internet company based in United States, saw significant share price volatility over the past couple of months on the NasdaqGS, rising to the highs of $20.72 and falling to the lows of $16.52. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether Hortonworks’s current trading price of $17.76 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 Hortonworks’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 Hortonworks

Is Hortonworks still cheap?

Hortonworks is currently overpriced based on my relative valuation model. In this instance, I’ve used price-to-book ratio (PB) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows, and its earnings doesn’t seem to reflect its true value. I find that Hortonworks’s ratio of 227x is above its peer average of 3.55x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Internet industry. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Since Hortonworks’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

What does the future of Hortonworks look like?

NasdaqGS:HDP Future Profit Jun 7th 18

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. With profit expected to grow by a double-digit 12.84% over the next couple of years, the outlook is positive for Hortonworks. It looks like higher cash flows is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? HDP’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe HDP should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on HDP for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for HDP, which means 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 Hortonworks. You can find everything you need to know about Hortonworks in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Hortonworks, 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.