Why Primerica, Inc. (NYSE:PRI) Could Be Worth Watching

Primerica, Inc. (NYSE:PRI), which is in the insurance business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NYSE over the last few months. As a US$5.4b market-cap stock, it seems odd Primerica is not more well-covered by analysts. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing given that there are less eyes on the stock to push it closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Primerica’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What is Primerica worth?

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 Primerica’s ratio of 17.41x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 17.86x, which means if you buy Primerica today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that Primerica should be trading at this level in the long run, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Primerica’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.

What kind of growth will Primerica generate?

NYSE:PRI Past and Future Earnings, April 15th 2019
NYSE:PRI Past and Future Earnings, April 15th 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. Primerica’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? PRI’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at PRI? 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 tabs on PRI, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for PRI, which means it’s worth diving deeper into 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 Primerica. You can find everything you need to know about Primerica in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Primerica, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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