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Is Paylocity Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:PCTY) Undervalued?

Michael Crabtree

Paylocity Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:PCTY), a software company based in United States, led the NasdaqGS gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. 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, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Paylocity Holding’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists. View out our latest analysis for Paylocity Holding

What’s the opportunity in Paylocity Holding?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-equity (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Paylocity Holding’s ratio of 88.91x is above its peer average of 38.96x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Software industry. But, is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Given that Paylocity Holding’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 another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What kind of growth will Paylocity Holding generate?

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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. Though in the case of Paylocity Holding, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -5.44%, 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? If you believe PCTY is currently trading above its peers, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. Given the uncertainty from negative growth in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. 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 tabs on PCTY for some time, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. Price climbed passed its industry peers, 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 Paylocity Holding. You can find everything you need to know about Paylocity Holding in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Paylocity Holding, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.