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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying Aramark (NYSE:ARMK)?

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Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Aramark (NYSE:ARMK). The company's stock received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NYSE over the last few months. With many analysts covering the large-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s examine Aramark’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

View our latest analysis for Aramark

What is Aramark worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 1.39% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Aramark today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $42.40, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. In addition to this, Aramark has a low beta, which suggests its share price is less volatile than the wider market.

What does the future of Aramark look like?

NYSE:ARMK Past and Future Earnings, November 11th 2019

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. Aramark’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 21%, 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? ARMK’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 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 ARMK, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for the company, 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.

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

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If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.