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Is It Time To Consider Buying Hotel Chocolat Group Plc (LON:HOTC)?

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Hotel Chocolat Group Plc (LON:HOTC), which is in the food business, and is based in United Kingdom, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the AIM, rising to highs of £3.75 and falling to the lows of £3.3. 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 Hotel Chocolat Group's current trading price of £3.34 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Hotel Chocolat Group’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 Hotel Chocolat Group

What is Hotel Chocolat Group worth?

According to my valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued by about 24.21%, trading at UK£3.34 compared to my intrinsic value of £2.69. This means that the buying opportunity has probably disappeared for now. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Given that Hotel Chocolat Group’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of Hotel Chocolat Group look like?

AIM:HOTC Past and Future Earnings, June 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. Hotel Chocolat Group’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 37%, 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? HOTC’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe HOTC 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 an eye on HOTC for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for HOTC, 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 Hotel Chocolat Group. You can find everything you need to know about Hotel Chocolat Group in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Hotel Chocolat Group, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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