Citizens Community Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:CZWI), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGM. 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? Let’s examine Citizens Community Bancorp’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.
What's the opportunity in Citizens Community Bancorp?
The share price seems sensible at the moment according to my price multiple model, where I compare the company's price-to-earnings ratio to the industry average. 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 Citizens Community Bancorp’s ratio of 7.16x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 8.99x, which means if you buy Citizens Community Bancorp today, you’d be paying a decent price for it. And if you believe Citizens Community Bancorp should be trading in this range, then there isn’t much room for the share price to grow beyond the levels of other industry peers over the long-term. Furthermore, it seems like Citizens Community Bancorp’s share price is quite stable, which means there may be less chances to buy low in the future now that it’s priced similarly to industry peers. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.
What kind of growth will Citizens Community Bancorp generate?
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. Though in the case of Citizens Community Bancorp, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 4.6%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? CZWI’s future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around industry price multiples. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at CZWI? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the industry PE ratio?
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on CZWI, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around industry price multiples. However, the positive growth outlook may mean 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 Citizens Community Bancorp. You can find everything you need to know about Citizens Community Bancorp in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Citizens Community Bancorp, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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