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At US$3.42, Is Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSS) Worth Looking At Closely?

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Consumer Portfolio Services, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPSS), 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 NASDAQGM over the last few months. 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 take a look at Consumer Portfolio Services’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

See our latest analysis for Consumer Portfolio Services

What is Consumer Portfolio Services worth?

According to my valuation model, Consumer Portfolio Services seems to be fairly priced at around 14.42% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Consumer Portfolio Services today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $2.99, 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 Consumer Portfolio Services’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 kind of growth will Consumer Portfolio Services generate?

NasdaqGM:CPSS Past and Future Earnings, November 8th 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. In the upcoming year, Consumer Portfolio Services’s earnings are expected to increase by 65%, 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? CPSS’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. 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 CPSS, 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 further examining 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 Consumer Portfolio Services. You can find everything you need to know about Consumer Portfolio Services in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Consumer Portfolio Services, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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