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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying STEICO SE (FRA:ST5)?

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STEICO SE (FRA:ST5), which is in the building business, and is based in Germany, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the DB, rising to highs of €24.7 and falling to the lows of €21.3. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether STEICO's current trading price of €22.6 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 STEICO’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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What is STEICO worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 19.7x is currently trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 16.67x, which means if you buy STEICO today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe STEICO should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that STEICO’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of STEICO look like?

DB:ST5 Past and Future Earnings, June 15th 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. With profit expected to grow by 51% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for STEICO. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? ST5’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 ST5? 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 ST5, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for ST5, 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 STEICO. You can find everything you need to know about STEICO in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in STEICO, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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