What Does Johnson Matthey Plc’s (LON:JMAT) Share Price Indicate?

Johnson Matthey Plc (LON:JMAT), which is in the chemicals business, and is based in United Kingdom, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the LSE over the last few months. With many analysts covering the mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Johnson Matthey’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What is Johnson Matthey worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 9.7% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Johnson Matthey today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is £24.27, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Johnson Matthey’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 an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

Can we expect growth from Johnson Matthey?

LSE:JMAT Past and Future Earnings June 11th 2020
LSE:JMAT Past and Future Earnings June 11th 2020

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. Johnson Matthey’s earnings growth are expected to be in the teens in the upcoming years, indicating a solid future ahead. This should lead to robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? JMAT’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

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

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Johnson Matthey. You can find everything you need to know about Johnson Matthey in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Johnson Matthey, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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