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What Does Burford Capital Limited's (LON:BUR) Share Price Indicate?

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Burford Capital Limited (LON:BUR), which is in the capital markets business, and is based in Guernsey, saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the AIM. As a mid-cap 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? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Burford Capital’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Burford Capital

Is Burford Capital still cheap?

Good news, investors! Burford Capital is still a bargain right now. 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 6.11x is currently well-below the industry average of 19.11x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. However, given that Burford Capital’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

Can we expect growth from Burford Capital?

AIM:BUR Past and Future Earnings, December 2nd 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. With profit expected to grow by 46% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Burford Capital. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Since BUR is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. With an optimistic outlook on the horizon, it seems like this growth has not yet been fully factored into the share price. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on BUR for a while, now might be the time to make a leap. Its buoyant future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy BUR. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to make a well-informed investment decision.

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

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