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At UK£10.50, Is IMI plc (LON:IMI) Worth Looking At Closely?

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IMI plc (LON:IMI), which is in the machinery business, and is based in United Kingdom, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the LSE over the last few months. As a mid-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at IMI’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What's the opportunity in IMI?

According to my valuation model, IMI seems to be fairly priced at around 2.0% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy IMI today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is £10.72, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since IMI’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 IMI look like?

LSE:IMI Past and Future Earnings, July 27th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company's future expectations. With profit expected to grow by a double-digit 11% over the next couple of years, the outlook is positive for IMI. 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? It seems like the market has already priced in IMI’s positive outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on IMI, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, 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 IMI. You can find everything you need to know about IMI in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in IMI, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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