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Is There Now An Opportunity In Savills plc (LON:SVS)?

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Savills plc (LON:SVS), is not the largest company out there, but it saw significant share price movement during recent months on the LSE, rising to highs of UK£11.90 and falling to the lows of UK£7.64. 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 Savills' current trading price of UK£8.30 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Savills’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's The Opportunity In Savills?

The share price seems sensible at the moment according to my price multiple model, where I compare the company's price-to-earnings ratio to the industry average. 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 Savills’s ratio of 8.46x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 7.56x, which means if you buy Savills today, you’d be paying a relatively sensible price for it. And if you believe Savills should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond the levels of other industry peers over the long-term. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Savills’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

What does the future of Savills look like?

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LSE:SVS Earnings and Revenue Growth October 18th 2022

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. However, with a negative profit growth of -10% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for Savills. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What This Means For You

Are you a shareholder? Currently, SVS appears to be trading around industry price multiples, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock optimal for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on SVS, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on SVS for a while, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around industry price multiples. This means there’s less benefit from mispricing. In addition to this, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help gel your views on SVS should the price fluctuate below the industry PE ratio.

With this in mind, we wouldn't consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. Case in point: We've spotted 1 warning sign for Savills you should be aware of.

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