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Should You Think About Buying Rotork plc (LON:ROR) Now?

Simply Wall St

Rotork plc (LON:ROR), which is in the machinery business, and is based in United Kingdom, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the LSE over the last few months. As a mid-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Rotork’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Rotork

Is Rotork still cheap?

Rotork is currently overpriced based on my relative valuation model. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Rotork’s ratio of 31.39x is above its peer average of 18.85x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Machinery industry. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Since Rotork’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.

Can we expect growth from Rotork?

LSE:ROR Past and Future Earnings, January 15th 2020

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. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company's future expectations. Rotork’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 33%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has well and truly priced in ROR’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 ROR 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 tabs on ROR for some time, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for ROR, 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 Rotork. You can find everything you need to know about Rotork in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Rotork, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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