Is There Now An Opportunity In China Distance Education Holdings Limited (NYSE:DL)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
February 06, 2020
NYSE:DL

China Distance Education Holdings Limited (NYSE:DL), which is in the consumer services business, and is based in China, saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. Less-covered, small caps tend to present more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the public, which can be a good thing. So, could the stock still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Let’s examine China Distance Education Holdings’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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What's the opportunity in China Distance Education Holdings?

Good news, investors! China Distance Education Holdings is still a bargain right now. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is $14.36, but it is currently trading at US$8.54 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. However, given that China Distance Education Holdings’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us another chance to buy in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

Can we expect growth from China Distance Education Holdings?

NYSE:DL Past and Future Earnings, February 6th 2020
NYSE:DL Past and Future Earnings, February 6th 2020

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. China Distance Education Holdings’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 62%, 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? Since DL is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. With a positive outlook on the horizon, it seems like this growth has not yet been fully factored into the share price. 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 DL for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its buoyant future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy DL. 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 investment decision.

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

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