Is It Too Late To Consider Buying Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT)?

Today we’re going to take a look at the well-established Waters Corporation (NYSE:WAT). The company’s stock saw significant share price volatility over the past couple of months on the NYSE, rising to the highs of $198.48 and falling to the lows of $175.4. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether Waters’s current trading price of $183.66 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Waters’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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Is Waters still cheap?

Waters appears to be overvalued by 41.32% at the moment, based on my discounted cash flow valuation. The stock is currently priced at US$184 on the market compared to my intrinsic value of $129.96. Not the best news for investors looking to buy! In addition to this, it seems like Waters’s share price is quite stable, which could mean two things: firstly, it may take the share price a while to fall back down to an attractive buying range, and secondly, there may be less chances to buy low in the future once it reaches that value. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.

What kind of growth will Waters generate?

NYSE:WAT Future Profit October 31st 18
NYSE:WAT Future Profit October 31st 18
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. With profit expected to more than double over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Waters. 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? WAT’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. However, this brings up another question – is now the right time to sell? If you believe WAT should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on WAT for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its true value, which means there’s no upside from mispricing. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for WAT, which means it’s worth diving deeper into other factors 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 Waters. You can find everything you need to know about Waters in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Waters, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.