When Should You Buy PostNL N.V. (AMS:PNL)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 21, 2022
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PostNL N.V. (AMS:PNL), might not be a large cap stock, but it saw significant share price movement during recent months on the ENXTAM, rising to highs of €3.85 and falling to the lows of €3.29. 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 PostNL's current trading price of €3.53 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 PostNL’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for PostNL

What's the opportunity in PostNL?

Good news, investors! PostNL is still a bargain right now according to my price multiple model, which compares 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 PostNL’s ratio of 7.96x is below its peer average of 13.28x, which indicates the stock is trading at a lower price compared to the Logistics industry. What’s more interesting is that, PostNL’s share price is quite volatile, which gives us more chances to buy since the share price could sink lower (or rise higher) in the future. 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 PostNL?

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ENXTAM:PNL Earnings and Revenue Growth April 21st 2022

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 negative profit growth of -16% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for PostNL. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although PNL is currently trading below the industry PE ratio, the negative profit outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to PNL, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on PNL for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you research further into the stock. Given its current price multiple, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.

Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it's worth noting the risks involved. For example, we've found that PostNL has 3 warning signs (1 doesn't sit too well with us!) that deserve your attention before going any further with your analysis.

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