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Is It Time To Consider Buying First BanCorp. (NYSE:FBP)?

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First BanCorp. (NYSE:FBP), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NYSE, rising to highs of US$11.13 and falling to the lows of US$9.30. 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 First BanCorp's current trading price of US$10.13 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 First BanCorp’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for First BanCorp

What's the opportunity in First BanCorp?

According to my valuation model, First BanCorp seems to be fairly priced at around 0.02% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy First BanCorp today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $10.13, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since First BanCorp’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. 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 First BanCorp look like?

NYSE:FBP Past and Future Earnings, October 14th 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. Though in the case of First BanCorp, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -19%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? FBP seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock optimal for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on the stock, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on FBP for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The stock appears to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. Furthermore, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help crystalize your views on FBP should the price fluctuate below its true value.

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