Is Now The Time To Look At Buying Medallion Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MFIN)?

Medallion Financial Corp. (NASDAQ:MFIN), which is in the consumer finance business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NASDAQGS over the last few months. Less-covered, small caps sees more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the public, which can be a good thing. So, could the stock still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Let’s examine Medallion Financial’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

See our latest analysis for Medallion Financial

What’s the opportunity in Medallion Financial?

Medallion Financial 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 22.32x is currently well-above the industry average of 7.85x, 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. Since Medallion Financial’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. 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 kind of growth will Medallion Financial generate?

NasdaqGS:MFIN Past and Future Earnings, December 20th 2019
NasdaqGS:MFIN Past and Future Earnings, December 20th 2019

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. With profit expected to more than double in the upcoming, the future appears to be extremely bright for Medallion Financial. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? MFIN’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe MFIN 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 MFIN 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 positive outlook is encouraging for MFIN, 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 Medallion Financial. You can find everything you need to know about Medallion Financial in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Medallion Financial, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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