At US$22.29, Is It Time To Put Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB) On Your Watch List?

Opus Bank (NASDAQ:OPB), 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? Let’s examine Opus Bank’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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Is Opus Bank still cheap?

Opus Bank appears to be overvalued according to my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 29.05x is currently well-above the industry average of 12.72x, meaning that it is trading at a more expensive price relative to its peers. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Given that Opus Bank’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 another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What does the future of Opus Bank look like?

NasdaqGS:OPB Past and Future Earnings, July 30th 2019
NasdaqGS:OPB Past and Future Earnings, July 30th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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, Opus Bank’s earnings are expected to increase by 82%, 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 well and truly priced in OPB’s positive outlook, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe OPB should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on OPB for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for OPB, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors 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 Opus Bank. You can find everything you need to know about Opus Bank in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Opus Bank, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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