When Should You Buy Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. (NYSE:PB)?

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Prosperity Bancshares, Inc. (NYSE:PB), operating in the financial services industry based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NYSE over the last few months. 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. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Prosperity Bancshares’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What’s the opportunity in Prosperity Bancshares?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. 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 Prosperity Bancshares’s ratio of 16.21x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 13.57x, which means if you buy Prosperity Bancshares today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe Prosperity Bancshares 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 Prosperity Bancshares’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.

Can we expect growth from Prosperity Bancshares?

NYSE:PB Past and Future Earnings, February 22nd 2019
NYSE:PB Past and Future Earnings, February 22nd 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. Prosperity Bancshares’s earnings growth are expected to be in the teens in the upcoming years, indicating a solid future ahead. This should lead to 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 PB’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 track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at PB? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on PB, 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 PB, which means it’s worth further examining 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 Prosperity Bancshares. You can find everything you need to know about Prosperity Bancshares in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Prosperity Bancshares, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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