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Should You Think About Buying QBE Insurance Group Limited (ASX:QBE) Now?

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Let's talk about the popular QBE Insurance Group Limited (ASX:QBE). The company's shares saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the ASX. With many analysts covering the large-cap 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? Let’s examine QBE Insurance Group’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

See our latest analysis for QBE Insurance Group

What is QBE Insurance Group worth?

Great news for investors – QBE Insurance Group is still trading at a fairly cheap price. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is A$18.53, but it is currently trading at AU$13.75 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. Another thing to keep in mind is that QBE Insurance Group’s share price may be quite stable relative to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. This means that if you believe the current share price should move towards its intrinsic value over time, a low beta could suggest it is not likely to reach that level anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range again.

Can we expect growth from QBE Insurance Group?

ASX:QBE Past and Future Earnings, February 2nd 2020

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 40% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for QBE Insurance Group. 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? Since QBE is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. With an optimistic outlook on the horizon, it seems like this growth has not yet been fully factored into the share price. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on QBE for a while, now might be the time to make a leap. Its prosperous future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy QBE. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to make a well-informed buy.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on QBE Insurance Group. You can find everything you need to know about QBE Insurance Group in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in QBE Insurance Group, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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