Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Cadence Design Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CDNS). The company's stock saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGS. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s examine Cadence Design Systems’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.
What is Cadence Design Systems 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 Cadence Design Systems’s ratio of 51.12x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 55.45x, which means if you buy Cadence Design Systems today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe Cadence Design Systems should be trading in this range, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond where it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Cadence Design Systems’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.
Can we expect growth from Cadence Design Systems?
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. Cadence Design Systems’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 35%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? CDNS’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 track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at CDNS? 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 an eye on CDNS, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for CDNS, 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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