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Should You Think About Buying WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) Now?

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WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK), which is in the packaging business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to $42.29 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $35.24. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether WestRock's current trading price of $38.35 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at WestRock’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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What's the opportunity in WestRock?

Great news for investors – WestRock is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $73.81, but it is currently trading at US$38.35 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. What’s more interesting is that, WestRock’s share price is quite volatile, which gives us more chances to buy since the share price could sink lower (or rise higher) in the future. 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 does the future of WestRock look like?

NYSE:WRK Past and Future Earnings, April 1st 2019

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. 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 36% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for WestRock. 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 WRK is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. With a positive 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 WRK for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its buoyant future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy WRK. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, 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 WestRock. You can find everything you need to know about WestRock in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in WestRock, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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