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At US$81.29, Is It Time To Put Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAIA) On Your Watch List?

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Saia, Inc. (NASDAQ:SAIA), which is in the transportation business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NASDAQGS over the last few months. With many analysts covering the mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Saia’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for Saia

What is Saia worth?

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 Saia’s ratio of 18.61x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 16.7x, which means if you buy Saia today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe Saia should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Saia’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of Saia look like?

NasdaqGS:SAIA Past and Future Earnings, August 19th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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. Saia’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 28%, 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? SAIA’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 financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at SAIA? 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 an eye on SAIA, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for SAIA, which means it’s worth diving deeper into 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 Saia. You can find everything you need to know about Saia in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Saia, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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