Universal Electronics Inc. (NASDAQ:UEIC), is not the largest company out there, but it saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NASDAQGS, rising to highs of US$49.53 and falling to the lows of US$39.31. 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 Universal Electronics’ current trading price of US$39.31 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 Universal Electronics’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
What is Universal Electronics worth?
According to my price multiple model, where I compare the company’s price-to-earnings ratio to the industry average, the stock currently looks expensive. 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 18.28x is currently well-above the industry average of 13.06x, 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. Given that Universal Electronics’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.
Can we expect growth from Universal Electronics?
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. 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. In the upcoming year, Universal Electronics’s earnings are expected to increase by 45%, 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 well and truly priced in UEIC’s positive outlook, with shares trading above industry price multiples. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe UEIC should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards the industry PE ratio 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 tabs on UEIC for some time, 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 optimistic prospect is encouraging for UEIC, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors in order to take advantage of the next price drop.
If you want to dive deeper into Universal Electronics, you’d also look into what risks it is currently facing. In terms of investment risks, we’ve identified 2 warning signs with Universal Electronics, and understanding these should be part of your investment process.
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