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Should You Think About Buying First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ:BUSE) Now?

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First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ:BUSE), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGS. With many analysts covering the stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Today I will analyse the most recent data on First Busey’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

See our latest analysis for First Busey

What is First Busey worth?

According to my valuation model, First Busey seems to be fairly priced at around 13% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy First Busey today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $30.22, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. What's more, First Busey’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

What does the future of First Busey look like?

NasdaqGS:BUSE Past and Future Earnings, September 16th 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. With profit expected to grow by a double-digit 12% in the upcoming year, the short-term outlook is positive for First Busey. 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 already priced in BUSE’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 track record of its management team. 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 BUSE, now may not be the most advantageous 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 diving deeper into 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 First Busey. You can find everything you need to know about First Busey in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in First Busey, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

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