Ameris Bancorp (NASDAQ:ABCB), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to $41.55 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $33.32. 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 Ameris Bancorp's current trading price of $35.17 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 Ameris Bancorp’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
What's the opportunity in Ameris Bancorp?
According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. 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 12.54x is currently trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 12.98x, which means if you buy Ameris Bancorp today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe that Ameris Bancorp should be trading at this level in the long run, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Ameris Bancorp’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.
What kind of growth will Ameris Bancorp generate?
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 more than double over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Ameris Bancorp. 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? It seems like the market has already priced in ABCB’s positive outlook, 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 ABCB? 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 ABCB, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for ABCB, 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.
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