Persistent Systems Limited (NSE:PERSISTENT), might not be a large cap stock, but it led the NSEI 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. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s examine Persistent Systems’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.
What is Persistent Systems 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 25.36x is currently well-above the industry average of 16.78x, meaning that it is trading at a more expensive price relative to its peers. In addition to this, it seems like Persistent Systems’s share price is quite stable, which could mean two things: firstly, it may take the share price a while to fall back down to an attractive buying range, and secondly, there may be less chances to buy low in the future once it reaches that value. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.
What kind of growth will Persistent Systems generate?
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 34% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Persistent Systems. 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? PERSISTENT’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above industry price multiples. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe PERSISTENT 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 an eye on PERSISTENT 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 PERSISTENT, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors in order to take advantage of the next price drop.
With this in mind, we wouldn’t consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. While conducting our analysis, we found that Persistent Systems has 3 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore these.
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