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Should You Investigate Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG) At US$55.22?

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Let's talk about the popular Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:PFG). The company's shares saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NASDAQGS over the last few months. With many analysts covering the large-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s take a look at Principal Financial Group’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Principal Financial Group

What's the opportunity in Principal Financial Group?

Great news for investors – Principal Financial Group is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $88.95, but it is currently trading at US$55.22 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because Principal Financial Group’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 kind of growth will Principal Financial Group generate?

NasdaqGS:PFG Past and Future Earnings, April 22nd 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. 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 a double-digit 15% over the next couple of years, the outlook is positive for Principal Financial Group. 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? Since PFG is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. With a positive outlook on the horizon, it seems like this growth has not yet been fully factored into the share price. However, there are also other factors such as capital structure to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on PFG for a while, now might be the time to make a leap. Its prosperous future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy PFG. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to make a well-informed buy.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Principal Financial Group. You can find everything you need to know about Principal Financial Group in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Principal Financial Group, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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