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Should You Investigate Ricardo plc (LON:RCDO) At UK£6.36?

Simply Wall St

Ricardo plc (LON:RCDO), which is in the professional services business, and is based in United Kingdom, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the LSE, rising to highs of UK£7.66 and falling to the lows of UK£6.30. 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 Ricardo's current trading price of UK£6.36 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Ricardo’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 Ricardo

Is Ricardo still cheap?

Good news, investors! Ricardo is still a bargain right now. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is £8.09, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. Another thing to keep in mind is that Ricardo’s share price may be quite stable relative to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. This means that if you believe the current share price should move towards its intrinsic value over time, a low beta could suggest it is not likely to reach that level anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range again.

What kind of growth will Ricardo generate?

LSE:RCDO Past and Future Earnings, October 1st 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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 53% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Ricardo. 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 RCDO is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. With an optimistic 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 RCDO 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 RCDO. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, 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 Ricardo. You can find everything you need to know about Ricardo in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Ricardo, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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