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Is Now An Opportune Moment To Examine Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFST)?

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Southern First Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:SFST), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGM. 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? Let’s take a look at Southern First Bancshares’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What is Southern First Bancshares worth?

According to my valuation model, Southern First Bancshares seems to be fairly priced at around 3.9% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Southern First Bancshares today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $37.05, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. What's more, Southern First Bancshares’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

What kind of growth will Southern First Bancshares generate?

NasdaqGM:SFST Past and Future Earnings, April 10th 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. Southern First Bancshares’s earnings growth are expected to be in the teens in the upcoming years, indicating a solid future ahead. This should lead to robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? SFST’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 the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on SFST, 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 the company, 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 Southern First Bancshares. You can find everything you need to know about Southern First Bancshares in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Southern First Bancshares, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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