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Should You Think About Buying Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO) Now?

Lawrence Carr

Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO), which is in the life sciences business, and is based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NasdaqGM over the last few months. Less-covered, small caps sees more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the public, which can be a good thing. So, could the stock still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Harvard Bioscience’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for Harvard Bioscience

What’s the opportunity in Harvard Bioscience?

The stock is currently trading at US$3.38 on the share market, which means it is overvalued by 29.27% compared to my intrinsic value of $2.61. This means that the buying opportunity has probably disappeared for now. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Given that Harvard Bioscience’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 Harvard Bioscience generate?

NasdaqGM:HBIO Future Profit January 9th 19

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 84% over the next year, the near-term future seems bright for Harvard Bioscience. 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 HBIO’s positive outlook, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe HBIO 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 an eye on HBIO for a while, 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 HBIO, 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 Harvard Bioscience. You can find everything you need to know about Harvard Bioscience in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Harvard Bioscience, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.