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Should You Buy Southern National Bancorp of Virginia Inc (NASDAQ:SONA)?

Kelly Murphy

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia Inc (NASDAQ:SONA), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NasdaqGM. As a small cap stock, hardly covered by any analysts, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Let’s take a look at Southern National Bancorp of Virginia’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists. View out our latest analysis for Southern National Bancorp of Virginia

What is Southern National Bancorp of Virginia worth?

Southern National Bancorp of Virginia appears to be overvalued according to my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-equity ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 43.45x is currently well-above the industry average of 17.12x, meaning that it is trading at a more expensive price relative to its peers. In addition to this, it seems like Southern National Bancorp of Virginia’s share price is quite stable, which could mean two things: firstly, it may take the share price a while to fall back down to an attractive buying range, and secondly, there may be less chances to buy low in the future once it reaches that value. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.

What does the future of Southern National Bancorp of Virginia look like?

NasdaqGM:SONA Future Profit June 26th 18
NasdaqGM:SONA Future Profit June 26th 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 more than double in the upcoming, the future appears to be extremely bright for Southern National Bancorp of Virginia. 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? SONA’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe SONA 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 tabs on SONA for some time, 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 SONA, 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 Southern National Bancorp of Virginia. You can find everything you need to know about Southern National Bancorp of Virginia in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Southern National Bancorp of Virginia, 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.