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At US$25.16, Is Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT) Worth Looking At Closely?

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Green Dot Corporation (NYSE:GDOT), which is in the consumer finance business, and is based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NYSE over the last few months. With many analysts covering the stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Green Dot’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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Is Green Dot still cheap?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. 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 Green Dot’s ratio of 11.74x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 8.53x, which means if you buy Green Dot today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe Green Dot should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Green Dot’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 Green Dot look like?

NYSE:GDOT Past and Future Earnings, December 12th 2019

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 Green Dot, at least in the near future.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Currently, GDOT appears to be trading around its fair value, 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 beneficial for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on GDOT, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on GDOT for a while, now may not be the most advantageous 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. In addition to this, 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 GDOT 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 Green Dot. You can find everything you need to know about Green Dot in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Green Dot, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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