Sonoco Products Company (NYSE:SON), a packaging company based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. 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. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s take a look at Sonoco Products’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.
What is Sonoco Products worth?
According to my valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued by about 27.78%, trading at US$57.36 compared to my intrinsic value of $44.89. Not the best news for investors looking to buy! If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Given that Sonoco Products’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.
What does the future of Sonoco Products look like?
Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. 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. With profit expected to grow by 48.2% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Sonoco Products. 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? It seems like the market has well and truly priced in SON’s positive outlook, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe SON 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 SON for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for SON, 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 Sonoco Products. You can find everything you need to know about Sonoco Products in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Sonoco Products, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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