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Why Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO) Could Be Worth Watching

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Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO), which is in the healthcare business, and is based in United States, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NASDAQGS, rising to highs of $24.86 and falling to the lows of $19.75. 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 Patterson Companies's current trading price of $19.75 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 Patterson Companies’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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Is Patterson Companies still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 9.6% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Patterson Companies today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $21.84, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Patterson Companies’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

What does the future of Patterson Companies look like?

NasdaqGS:PDCO Past and Future Earnings, July 23rd 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. 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. Patterson Companies’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 40%, 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 PDCO’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 PDCO, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for the company, which means it’s worth further examining 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 Patterson Companies. You can find everything you need to know about Patterson Companies in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Patterson Companies, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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