At UK£6.12, Is Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings) PLC (LON:MAB1) Worth Looking At Closely?

Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings) PLC (LON:MAB1), operating in the financial services industry based in United Kingdom, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the AIM over the last few months. As a small cap stock, hardly covered by any analysts, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings)’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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Check out our latest analysis for Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings)

What is Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings) worth?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock is currently overvalued. 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 23.67x is currently well-above the industry average of 7.85x, meaning that it is trading at a more expensive price relative to its peers. Furthermore, Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings)’s share price also seems relatively stable compared to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. If you believe the share price should eventually reach its true value, a low beta could suggest it is unlikely to rapidly do so anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range.

What does the future of Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings) look like?

AIM:MAB1 Past and Future Earnings, May 21st 2019
AIM:MAB1 Past and Future Earnings, May 21st 2019

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. However, with a relatively muted profit growth of 8.4% expected over the next year, growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings), at least in the short term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? MAB1’s future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe MAB1 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 tabs on MAB1 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 positive growth outlook may mean 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 Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings). You can find everything you need to know about Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings) in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Mortgage Advice Bureau (Holdings), you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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