Why Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. (HKG:3328) Could Be Worth Watching

Let’s talk about the popular Bank of Communications Co., Ltd. (HKG:3328). The company’s shares received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the SEHK over the last few months, increasing to HK$5.61 at one point, and dropping to the lows of HK$4.96. 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 Bank of Communications’s current trading price of HK$5.00 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Bank of Communications’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 Bank of Communications worth?

According to my price multiple model, which makes a comparison between the company’s price-to-earnings ratio and the industry average, the stock price seems to be justfied. 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 Bank of Communications’s ratio of 4.54x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 5.51x, which means if you buy Bank of Communications today, you’d be paying a decent price for it. And if you believe Bank of Communications should be trading in this range, then there isn’t much room for the share price to grow beyond the levels of other industry peers over the long-term. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Bank of Communications’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 Bank of Communications look like?

SEHK:3328 Past and Future Earnings, March 2nd 2020
SEHK:3328 Past and Future Earnings, March 2nd 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. With profit expected to grow by a double-digit 13% over the next couple of years, the outlook is positive for Bank of Communications. 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? 3328’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around industry price multiples. 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 3328? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below the industry PE ratio?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on 3328, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around industry price multiples. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for 3328, which means it’s worth diving deeper into 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 Bank of Communications. You can find everything you need to know about Bank of Communications in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Bank of Communications, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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