Is Plover Bay Technologies Limited (HKG:1523) Potentially Undervalued?

Plover Bay Technologies Limited (HKG:1523), which is in the communications business, and is based in Hong Kong, led the SEHK gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. 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 Plover Bay Technologies’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Plover Bay Technologies

What’s the opportunity in Plover Bay Technologies?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. 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 Plover Bay Technologies’s ratio of 16.52x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 13.12x, which means if you buy Plover Bay Technologies today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe Plover Bay Technologies should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Plover Bay Technologies’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 kind of growth will Plover Bay Technologies generate?

SEHK:1523 Past and Future Earnings, April 1st 2019
SEHK:1523 Past and Future Earnings, April 1st 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. In the upcoming year, Plover Bay Technologies’s earnings are expected to increase by 22%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in 1523’s positive outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at 1523? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on 1523, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for 1523, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, 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 Plover Bay Technologies. You can find everything you need to know about Plover Bay Technologies in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Plover Bay Technologies, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned. Thank you for reading.