OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR), which is in the medical equipment business, and is based in United States, led the NASDAQGS gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. As a small cap stock, which tends to lack high analyst coverage, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Let’s examine OraSure Technologies’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.
What's the opportunity in OraSure Technologies?
The stock is currently trading at US$7.89 on the share market, which means it is overvalued by 36% compared to my intrinsic value of $5.81. This means that the buying opportunity has probably disappeared for now. But, is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Given that OraSure Technologies’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.
Can we expect growth from OraSure Technologies?
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. However, with an extremely negative double-digit change in profit expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth is certainly not a driver of a buy decision. It seems like high uncertainty is on the cards for OraSure Technologies, at least in the near future.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? If you believe OSUR is currently trading above its value, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. Given the risk from a negative growth outlook, this could be the right time to reduce your total portfolio risk. 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 OSUR for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. Its price has risen beyond its true value, on top of a negative future outlook. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Should the price fall in the future, will you be well-informed enough to buy?
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on OraSure Technologies. You can find everything you need to know about OraSure Technologies in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in OraSure Technologies, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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