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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying BankUnited, Inc. (NYSE:BKU)?

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BankUnited, Inc. (NYSE:BKU), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, led the NYSE gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. With many analysts covering the mid-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 BankUnited’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

Check out our latest analysis for BankUnited

What is BankUnited worth?

BankUnited appears to be overvalued by 48.29% at the moment, based on my discounted cash flow valuation. The stock is currently priced at US$36.96 on the market compared to my intrinsic value of $24.92. Not the best news for investors looking to buy! If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Since BankUnited’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. 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.

What kind of growth will BankUnited generate?

NYSE:BKU Past and Future Earnings, February 26th 2019

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. However, with a negative profit growth of -5.1% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for BankUnited. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? If you believe BKU should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. Given the risk from a negative growth outlook, this could be the right time to reduce your total portfolio risk. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on BKU for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. Price climbed passed its true value, in addition to a risky future outlook. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Should the price fall in the future, will you be well-informed enough to buy?

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

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

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.