At US$39.86, Is PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW) Worth Looking At Closely?

PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGS. With many analysts covering the mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s examine PacWest Bancorp’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

Check out our latest analysis for PacWest Bancorp

Is PacWest Bancorp still cheap?

Great news for investors – PacWest Bancorp is still trading at a fairly cheap price. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $52.3, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. What’s more interesting is that, PacWest Bancorp’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 PacWest Bancorp?

NasdaqGS:PACW Past and Future Earnings, April 8th 2019
NasdaqGS:PACW Past and Future Earnings, April 8th 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. 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. Though in the case of PacWest Bancorp, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 1.3%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since PACW is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as capital structure to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on PACW for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy PACW. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to make a well-informed buy.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on PacWest Bancorp. You can find everything you need to know about PacWest Bancorp in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in PacWest Bancorp, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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