Clarkson PLC (LON:CKN), might not be a large cap stock, but it received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the LSE over the last few months, increasing to UK£25.65 at one point, and dropping to the lows of UK£20.75. 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 Clarkson’s current trading price of UK£20.75 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 Clarkson’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
Is Clarkson still cheap?
Good news, investors! Clarkson is still a bargain right now. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is £28.54, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. However, given that Clarkson’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 kind of growth will Clarkson generate?
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. Though in the case of Clarkson, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting top-line growth of 7.8% in the next few years, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since CKN is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on CKN for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy CKN. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to make a well-informed buy.
Diving deeper into the forecasts for Clarkson mentioned earlier will help you understand how analysts view the stock going forward. At Simply Wall St, we have the analysts estimates which you can view by clicking here.
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