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Should You Investigate Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL) At US$14.35?

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Sterling Construction Company, Inc. (NASDAQ:STRL), which is in the construction business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to US$16.79 at one point, and dropping to the lows of US$13.18. 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 Sterling Construction Company's current trading price of US$14.35 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 Sterling Construction Company’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 Sterling Construction Company

What's the opportunity in Sterling Construction Company?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 16.39x is currently trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 17.53x, which means if you buy Sterling Construction Company today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe Sterling Construction Company should be trading in this range, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond where it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Sterling Construction Company’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 Sterling Construction Company generate?

NasdaqGS:STRL Past and Future Earnings, February 12th 2020

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 more than double over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Sterling Construction Company. 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? STRL’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 track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at STRL? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on STRL, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for STRL, 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.

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

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