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At US$32.05, Is First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ:BUSE) A Buy?

Petra Goodwin

First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ:BUSE), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw its share price hover around a small range of $31.01 to $33.18 over the last few weeks. But is this actually reflective of the share value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at First Busey’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 First Busey

What is First Busey worth?

According to my valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued by about 48.94%, trading at US$32.05 compared to my intrinsic value of $21.52. This means that the opportunity to buy First Busey at a good price has disappeared! If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Since First Busey’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. 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 First Busey generate?

NasdaqGS:BUSE Future Profit September 5th 18
NasdaqGS:BUSE Future Profit September 5th 18

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. 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. First Busey’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 77.3%, 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? BUSE’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 BUSE 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 tabs on BUSE for some time, 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 optimistic prospect is encouraging for BUSE, 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 First Busey. You can find everything you need to know about First Busey in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in First Busey, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.