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At US$56.34, Is Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR) Worth Looking At Closely?

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Banner Corporation (NASDAQ:BANR), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to US$58.93 at one point, and dropping to the lows of US$52.03. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether Banner's current trading price of US$56.34 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Banner’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 Banner

Is Banner still cheap?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 12.99x is currently trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 12.97x, which means if you buy Banner today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that Banner should be trading at this level in the long run, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Furthermore, it seems like Banner’s share price is quite stable, which means there may be less chances to buy low in the future now that it’s fairly valued. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.

What does the future of Banner look like?

NasdaqGS:BANR Past and Future Earnings, January 7th 2020
NasdaqGS:BANR Past and Future Earnings, January 7th 2020

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. However, with a relatively muted profit growth of 0.8% expected over the next couple of years, growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for Banner, at least in the short term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? BANR’s 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 financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at BANR? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on BANR, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive growth outlook may mean 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 Banner. You can find everything you need to know about Banner in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Banner, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

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