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Is Credito Emiliano S.p.A. (BIT:CE) Potentially Undervalued?

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Credito Emiliano S.p.A. (BIT:CE), operating in the financial services industry based in Italy, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the BIT over the last few months. As a stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Credito Emiliano’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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Is Credito Emiliano still cheap?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 8.98x is currently trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 8.71x, which means if you buy Credito Emiliano today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that Credito Emiliano should be trading at this level in the long run, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Furthermore, Credito Emiliano’s share price also seems relatively stable compared to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. This may mean it is less likely for the stock to fall lower from natural market volatility, which suggests less opportunities to buy moving forward.

Can we expect growth from Credito Emiliano?

BIT:CE Past and Future Earnings, December 4th 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 Credito Emiliano, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -7.6%, 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? Currently, CE appears to be trading around its fair value, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock beneficial for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on CE, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on CE for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The stock appears to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. In addition to this, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help gel your views on CE should the price fluctuate below its true value.

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

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