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Is Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG) Undervalued?

Walter Gay

Chemung Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHMG), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw significant share price volatility over the past couple of months on the NasdaqGS, rising to the highs of $52.99 and falling to the lows of $45.46. 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 Chemung Financial’s current trading price of $49.92 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 Chemung Financial’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change. Check out our latest analysis for Chemung Financial

What’s the opportunity in Chemung Financial?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-equity (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Chemung Financial’s ratio of 27x is above its peer average of 16.99x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Banks industry. Furthermore, Chemung Financial’s share price also seems relatively stable compared to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. If you believe the share price should eventually reach its true value, a low beta could suggest it is unlikely to rapidly do so anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range.

What kind of growth will Chemung Financial generate?

NasdaqGS:CHMG Future Profit June 21st 18
NasdaqGS:CHMG Future Profit June 21st 18

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. In Chemung Financial’s case, its earnings over the next year are expected to double, indicating an incredibly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to stronger cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has well and truly priced in CHMG’s positive outlook, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe CHMG 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 CHMG 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 CHMG, 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 Chemung Financial. You can find everything you need to know about Chemung Financial in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Chemung Financial, 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.