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Is Mueller Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MLI) Potentially Undervalued?

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Mueller Industries, Inc. (NYSE:MLI), which is in the machinery business, and is based in United States, saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. As a small cap stock, hardly covered by any analysts, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Mueller Industries’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Mueller Industries

Is Mueller Industries still cheap?

According to my valuation model, Mueller Industries seems to be fairly priced at around 5.48% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Mueller Industries today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $30.57, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Mueller Industries’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 Mueller Industries look like?

NYSE:MLI Past and Future Earnings, April 15th 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. However, with a relatively muted revenue growth of 6.0% expected in the upcoming year, short term growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for Mueller Industries.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? MLI’s 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 tabs on MLI, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook 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 Mueller Industries. You can find everything you need to know about Mueller Industries in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Mueller Industries, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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