Capitol Health Limited (ASX:CAJ), might not be a large cap stock, but it led the ASX gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. With many analysts covering the stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Capitol Health’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.
What's the opportunity in Capitol Health?
Capitol Health appears to be expensive according to my price multiple model, which makes a comparison between the company's price-to-earnings ratio and the industry average. 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 78.37x is currently well-above the industry average of 21.2x, meaning that it is trading at a more expensive price relative to its peers. Another thing to keep in mind is that Capitol Health’s share price is quite stable relative to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. This means that if you believe the current share price should move towards the levels of its industry peers over time, a low beta could suggest it is not likely to reach that level anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard for it to fall back down into an attractive buying range again.
What does the future of Capitol Health look like?
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. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. With profit expected to more than double over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Capitol Health. 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? It seems like the market has well and truly priced in CAJ’s positive outlook, with shares trading above industry price multiples. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe CAJ 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 CAJ 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 CAJ, 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 Capitol Health, you'd also look into what risks it is currently facing. For example - Capitol Health has 4 warning signs we think you should be aware of.
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