Independent Bank Corp (NASDAQ:INDB), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NasdaqGS over the last few months. As a US$2.08B market cap stock, it seems odd Independent Bank is not more well-covered by analysts. Although, there is more of an opportunity for mispricing in stocks with low coverage, which can be a good thing. So, could the stock still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Let’s examine Independent Bank’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity. See our latest analysis for Independent Bank
What is Independent Bank worth?
Independent Bank appears to be overvalued according to my relative valuation model. 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 Independent Bank’s ratio of 23.65x is above its peer average of 17.92x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Banks industry. In addition to this, it seems like Independent Bank’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 Independent Bank look like?
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. Independent Bank’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 57.36%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust 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 INDB’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 INDB 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 INDB 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 positive outlook is encouraging for INDB, 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 Independent Bank. You can find everything you need to know about Independent Bank in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Independent Bank, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.