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Is First Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:THFF) Potentially Undervalued?

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First Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:THFF), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGS. As a small cap stock, hardly covered by any analysts, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on First Financial’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for First Financial

What is First Financial worth?

According to my valuation model, First Financial seems to be fairly priced at around 18% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy First Financial today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $53.73, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. What's more, First Financial’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

What kind of growth will First Financial generate?

NasdaqGS:THFF Past and Future Earnings, November 1st 2019
NasdaqGS:THFF Past and Future Earnings, November 1st 2019

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 a double-digit 12% in the upcoming year, the short-term outlook is positive for First Financial. 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 already priced in THFF’s positive outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on THFF, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, 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 First Financial. You can find everything you need to know about First Financial in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in First Financial, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.