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Is Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD) Potentially Undervalued?

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Mettler-Toledo International Inc. (NYSE:MTD) saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. 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, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Mettler-Toledo International’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What is Mettler-Toledo International worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Mettler-Toledo International’s ratio of 40.3x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 39.57x, which means if you buy Mettler-Toledo International today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that Mettler-Toledo International should be trading at this level in the long run, 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 Mettler-Toledo International’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 Mettler-Toledo International generate?

NYSE:MTD Past and Future Earnings, July 12th 2019

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 a double-digit 16% over the next couple of years, the outlook is positive for Mettler-Toledo International. 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? MTD’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 MTD? 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 an eye on MTD, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for MTD, 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 Mettler-Toledo International. You can find everything you need to know about Mettler-Toledo International in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Mettler-Toledo International, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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