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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:SIFY)?

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Sify Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:SIFY), which is in the telecom business, and is based in India, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NASDAQCM over the last few months. As a small cap stock, hardly covered by any analysts, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Let’s examine Sify Technologies’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

See our latest analysis for Sify Technologies

What's the opportunity in Sify Technologies?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. 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 Sify Technologies’s ratio of 14.09x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 17.72x, which means if you buy Sify Technologies today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that Sify Technologies should be trading at this level in the long run, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Sify Technologies’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

What does the future of Sify Technologies look like?

NasdaqCM:SIFY Past and Future Earnings, October 9th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company's future expectations. Though in the case of Sify Technologies, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -13%, 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? SIFY seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock optimal for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on SIFY, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on SIFY for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The price seems to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. Furthermore, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help crystalize your views on SIFY should the price fluctuate below its true value.

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

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