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At US$65.21, Is The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ:PRSC) Worth Looking At Closely?

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The Providence Service Corporation (NASDAQ:PRSC), which is in the healthcare business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NASDAQGS over the last few months, increasing to $74.29 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $60.9. 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 Providence Service's current trading price of $65.21 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 Providence Service’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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What is Providence Service worth?

Providence Service is currently overpriced based on my relative valuation model. 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 Providence Service’s ratio of 70.71x is above its peer average of 19.75x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Healthcare industry. Furthermore, Providence Service’s share price also seems relatively stable compared to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. If you believe the share price should eventually reach its true value, a low beta could suggest it is unlikely to rapidly do so anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range.

What does the future of Providence Service look like?

NasdaqGS:PRSC Past and Future Earnings, May 3rd 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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. With profit expected to more than double over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Providence Service. 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 well and truly priced in PRSC’s positive outlook, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe PRSC 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 an eye on PRSC for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for PRSC, 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 Providence Service. You can find everything you need to know about Providence Service in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Providence Service, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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