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Is There Now An Opportunity In 21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNET)?

Will Harmon

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21Vianet Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:VNET), which is in the it business, and is based in China, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to $11.71 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $8.55. 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 21Vianet Group’s current trading price of $8.98 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 21Vianet Group’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for 21Vianet Group

Is 21Vianet Group still cheap?

Great news for investors – 21Vianet Group is still trading at a fairly cheap price. 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 21Vianet Group’s ratio of 11.95x is below its peer average of 27.4x, which suggests the stock is undervalued compared to the IT industry. However, given that 21Vianet Group’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of 21Vianet Group look like?

NASDAQGS:VNET Future Profit February 1st 19

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. Though in the case of 21Vianet Group, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the next few years, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although VNET is currently undervalued, the negative outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. Consider whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to VNET, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on VNET for some time, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you research further into the stock. Given its current undervaluation, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on 21Vianet Group. You can find everything you need to know about 21Vianet Group in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in 21Vianet Group, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.