Should You Think About Buying Qudian Inc. (NYSE:QD) Now?

Qudian Inc. (NYSE:QD), which is in the consumer finance business, and is based in China, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to US$7.79 at one point, and dropping to the lows of US$3.52. 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 Qudian’s current trading price of US$3.52 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 Qudian’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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What’s the opportunity in Qudian?

Great news for investors – Qudian is still trading at a fairly cheap price. 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 Qudian’s ratio of 1.8x is below its peer average of 8.52x, which suggests the stock is undervalued compared to the Consumer Finance industry. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because Qudian’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 Qudian?

NYSE:QD Past and Future Earnings, January 21st 2020
NYSE:QD Past and Future Earnings, January 21st 2020

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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. With profit expected to grow by a double-digit 13% over the next couple of years, the outlook is positive for Qudian. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Since QD is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. With an optimistic 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 QD for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its prosperous future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy QD. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, 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 Qudian. You can find everything you need to know about Qudian in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Qudian, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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