Today we're going to take a look at the well-established Global Payments Inc. (NYSE:GPN). The company's stock saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s examine Global Payments’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.
What's the opportunity in Global Payments?
The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 20% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Global Payments today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $229.49, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Furthermore, Global Payments’s low beta implies that the stock is less volatile than the wider market.
What does the future of Global Payments look like?
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. Global Payments’s earnings over the next few years are expected to double, indicating a very optimistic future ahead. This should lead to stronger cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? GPN’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 the stock? 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 tabs on GPN, 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 Global Payments. You can find everything you need to know about Global Payments in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Global Payments, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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