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Why Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT) Could Be Worth Watching

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Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:AIT), which is in the trade distributors business, and is based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the NYSE 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. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s examine Applied Industrial Technologies’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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What is Applied Industrial Technologies worth?

According to my valuation model, Applied Industrial Technologies seems to be fairly priced at around 7.3% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Applied Industrial Technologies today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $65.87, then there isn’t much 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 Applied Industrial Technologies’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 Applied Industrial Technologies look like?

NYSE:AIT Past and Future Earnings, July 4th 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, Applied Industrial Technologies’s earnings are expected to increase by 27%, 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? It seems like the market has already priced in AIT’s positive outlook, 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 an eye on AIT, 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 the company, 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 Applied Industrial Technologies. You can find everything you need to know about Applied Industrial Technologies in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Applied Industrial Technologies, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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