Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB), 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 $30.3 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $27.4. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether Opus Bank’s current trading price of $27.4 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 Opus Bank’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 Opus Bank?
The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-equity ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 20.55x is currently trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 17.79x, which means if you buy Opus Bank today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe that Opus Bank should be trading at this level in the long run, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Furthermore, it seems like Opus Bank’s share price is quite stable, which means there may be less chances to buy low in the future now that it’s fairly valued. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.
Can we expect growth from Opus Bank?
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. Opus Bank’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 58.8%, 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? It seems like the market has already priced in OPB’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 OPB? 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 OPB, 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 OPB, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.
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