PolyOne Corporation (NYSE:POL), which is in the chemicals business, and is based in United States, saw significant share price volatility over the past couple of months on the NYSE, rising to the highs of $45.17 and falling to the lows of $30.73. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether PolyOne’s current trading price of $30.89 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at PolyOne’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
What’s the opportunity in PolyOne?
PolyOne appears to be overvalued by 28.23% at the moment, based on my discounted cash flow valuation. The stock is currently priced at US$30.89 on the market compared to my intrinsic value of $24.09. 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. Given that PolyOne’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.
Can we expect growth from PolyOne?
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 30% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for PolyOne. 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? It seems like the market has well and truly priced in POL’s positive outlook, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe POL 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. 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 POL for some time, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for POL, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors 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 PolyOne. You can find everything you need to know about PolyOne in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in PolyOne, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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