At US$16.82, Is It Time To Put First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) On Your Watch List?

Today we’re going to take a look at the well-established First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC). The company’s stock saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NYSE, rising to highs of $24.46 and falling to the lows of $15.61. 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 First Data’s current trading price of $16.82 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at First Data’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for First Data

What is First Data worth?

According to my valuation model, First Data seems to be fairly priced at around 6.6% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy First Data today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $18.01, 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 First Data’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 kind of growth will First Data generate?

NYSE:FDC Future Profit January 7th 19
NYSE:FDC Future Profit January 7th 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. However, with an extremely negative double-digit change in profit expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth is certainly not a driver of a buy decision. It seems like high uncertainty is on the cards for First Data, at least in the near future.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Currently, FDC appears to be trading around its fair value, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock optimal for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on the stock, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on FDC for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The stock appears to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. Furthermore, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help crystalize your views on FDC should the price fluctuate below its true value.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on First Data. You can find everything you need to know about First Data in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in First Data, 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.