Harmonic Inc. (NASDAQ:HLIT), which is in the communications business, and is based in United States, led the NASDAQGS gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. 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 take a look at Harmonic’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.
What’s the opportunity in Harmonic?
The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 15% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Harmonic today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $7.93, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Furthermore, Harmonic’s low beta implies that the stock is less volatile than the wider market.
Can we expect growth from Harmonic?
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 Harmonic, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the next few years, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? HLIT seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in 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 HLIT 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. In addition to this, 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 HLIT 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 Harmonic. You can find everything you need to know about Harmonic in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Harmonic, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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