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Should You Think About Buying Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS) Now?

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Qualys, Inc. (NASDAQ:QLYS), which is in the software business, and is 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 mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s take a look at Qualys’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Qualys

What is Qualys worth?

Qualys appears to be overvalued by 21.85% at the moment, based on my discounted cash flow valuation. The stock is currently priced at US$91.77 on the market compared to my intrinsic value of $75.32. This means that the buying opportunity has probably disappeared for now. But, is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Qualys’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

What kind of growth will Qualys generate?

NasdaqGS:QLYS Past and Future Earnings, May 3rd 2019

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. However, with a negative profit growth of -15% expected next year, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for Qualys. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? If you believe QLYS is currently trading above its value, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. Given the uncertainty from negative growth in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. 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 QLYS for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. Price climbed passed its true value, in addition to a risky future outlook. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management. Should the price fall in the future, will you be well-informed enough to buy?

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Qualys. You can find everything you need to know about Qualys in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Qualys, 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.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.