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Is There Now An Opportunity In Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOB)?

Mercedes Harden

Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. (NASDAQ:LOB), 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 NasdaqGS. Less-covered, small caps sees more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the public, which can be a good thing. So, could the stock still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Let’s examine Live Oak Bancshares’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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What is Live Oak Bancshares worth?

Good news, investors! Live Oak Bancshares is still a bargain right now. 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 Live Oak Bancshares’s ratio of 5.65x is below its peer average of 14.52x, which suggests the stock is undervalued compared to the Banks industry. What’s more interesting is that, Live Oak Bancshares’s share price is quite stable, which could mean two things: firstly, it may take the share price a while to move to its intrinsic value, and secondly, there may be less chances to buy low in the future once it reaches that value. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.

What does the future of Live Oak Bancshares look like?

NasdaqGS:LOB Future Profit January 21st 19

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. Though in the case of Live Oak Bancshares, 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 LOB is currently undervalued, the adverse prospect of negative growth brings about some degree of risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to LOB, 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 LOB 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 Live Oak Bancshares. You can find everything you need to know about Live Oak Bancshares in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Live Oak 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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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.