Is It Too Late To Consider Buying Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:INDB)?

Independent Bank Corp. (NASDAQ:INDB), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NASDAQGS, rising to highs of $78.08 and falling to the lows of $65.08. 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 Independent Bank’s current trading price of $68.7 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Independent Bank’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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What is Independent Bank worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that Independent Bank’s ratio of 15.71x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 12.17x, which means if you buy Independent Bank today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe Independent Bank should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Independent Bank’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 Independent Bank look like?

NasdaqGS:INDB Past and Future Earnings, September 9th 2019
NasdaqGS:INDB Past and Future Earnings, September 9th 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. 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, Independent Bank’s earnings are expected to increase by 41%, 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 INDB’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 INDB? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on INDB, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for INDB, 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.

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