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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI)?

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Houlihan Lokey, Inc. (NYSE:HLI), which is in the capital markets business, and is based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NYSE over the last few months. As a mid-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? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Houlihan Lokey’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Houlihan Lokey

What is Houlihan Lokey worth?

According to my valuation model, Houlihan Lokey seems to be fairly priced at around 1.7% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Houlihan Lokey today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $48.32, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. What's more, Houlihan Lokey’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

What does the future of Houlihan Lokey look like?

NYSE:HLI Past and Future Earnings, November 19th 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. Houlihan Lokey’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 32%, 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 HLI’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 financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on HLI, 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 the company, 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.

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

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