United Bankshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:UBSI), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to $38.92 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $34.94. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether United Bankshares's current trading price of $34.94 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at United Bankshares’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
What's the opportunity in United Bankshares?
According to my valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued by about 49.36%, trading at US$34.94 compared to my intrinsic value of $23.39. Not the best news for investors looking to buy! But, is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Given that United Bankshares’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 kind of growth will United Bankshares generate?
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 United Bankshares, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -0.5%, 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? If you believe UBSI is currently trading above its value, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. Given the uncertainty from negative growth in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. 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 UBSI for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. Its price has risen beyond its true value, on top of a negative future outlook. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Should the price fall in the future, will you be well-informed enough to buy?
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on United Bankshares. You can find everything you need to know about United Bankshares in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in United Bankshares, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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