Is Lonza Group Ltd (VTX:LONN) Potentially Undervalued?

Today we’re going to take a look at the well-established Lonza Group Ltd (VTX:LONN). The company’s stock led the SWX gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Lonza Group’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Lonza Group

What’s the opportunity in Lonza Group?

According to my valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued by about 43.47%, trading at CHF300 compared to my intrinsic value of CHF209.1. This means that the buying opportunity has probably disappeared for now. If you like the stock, you may want to keep an eye out for a potential price decline in the future. Since Lonza Group’s share price is quite volatile, this could mean it can sink lower (or rise even further) in the future, giving us another chance to invest. 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.

Can we expect growth from Lonza Group?

SWX:LONN Past and Future Earnings, March 18th 2019
SWX:LONN Past and Future Earnings, March 18th 2019
Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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 grow by 64% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Lonza Group. 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? LONN’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe LONN should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value 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 LONN for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for LONN, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors 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 Lonza Group. You can find everything you need to know about Lonza Group in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Lonza Group, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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