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Is Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE:GWRE) Potentially Undervalued?

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Guidewire Software, Inc. (NYSE:GWRE), is not the largest company out there, but it saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NYSE, rising to highs of US$118 and falling to the lows of US$84.20. 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 Guidewire Software's current trading price of US$88.65 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 Guidewire Software’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

See our latest analysis for Guidewire Software

Is Guidewire Software still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 8.87% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Guidewire Software today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $81.43, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Guidewire Software’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

What does the future of Guidewire Software look like?

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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 23% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Guidewire Software. 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? GWRE’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, 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 GWRE, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth further examining other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

So if you'd like to dive deeper into this stock, it's crucial to consider any risks it's facing. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 2 warning signs with Guidewire Software, and understanding them should be part of your investment process.

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