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Why Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI) Could Be Worth Watching

Arjun Bhatia

Lakeland Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:LBAI), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NasdaqGS. As a stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Lakeland Bancorp’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What’s the opportunity in Lakeland Bancorp?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 13.74% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Lakeland Bancorp today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $13.45, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. What’s more, Lakeland Bancorp’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

Can we expect growth from Lakeland Bancorp?

NasdaqGS:LBAI Future Profit January 6th 19

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. With profit expected to grow by 20% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Lakeland Bancorp. 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? LBAI’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 the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on LBAI, 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 Lakeland Bancorp. You can find everything you need to know about Lakeland Bancorp in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Lakeland Bancorp, 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.