Why Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO) Could Be Worth Watching

Harvard Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:HBIO), which is in the life sciences business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NASDAQGM over the last few months. As a small cap stock, hardly covered by any analysts, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Harvard Bioscience’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What’s the opportunity in Harvard Bioscience?

According to my valuation model, Harvard Bioscience seems to be fairly priced at around 20% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Harvard Bioscience today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $5.63, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Harvard Bioscience’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 an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

Can we expect growth from Harvard Bioscience?

NasdaqGM:HBIO Past and Future Earnings, April 11th 2019
NasdaqGM:HBIO Past and Future Earnings, April 11th 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. 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. Harvard Bioscience’s revenue growth are expected to be in the teens in the upcoming years, indicating a solid future ahead. Unless expenses grow at the same level, or higher, this top-line growth should lead to robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? HBIO’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 track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? 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 HBIO, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for the company, 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 Harvard Bioscience. You can find everything you need to know about Harvard Bioscience in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Harvard Bioscience, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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