At US$107, Is It Time To Put EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE:EGP) On Your Watch List?

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EastGroup Properties, Inc. (NYSE:EGP), which is in the reits business, and is based in United States, led the NYSE gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. As a mid-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s examine EastGroup Properties’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

Check out our latest analysis for EastGroup Properties

What’s the opportunity in EastGroup Properties?

EastGroup Properties is currently overpriced based on 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 EastGroup Properties’s ratio of 42.7x is above its peer average of 31.77x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the REITs industry. Another thing to keep in mind is that EastGroup Properties’s share price is quite stable relative to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. This means that if you believe the current share price should move towards its intrinsic value over time, a low beta could suggest it is not likely to reach that level anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range again.

Can we expect growth from EastGroup Properties?

NYSE:EGP Past and Future Earnings, February 25th 2019
NYSE:EGP Past and Future Earnings, February 25th 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. Though in the case of EastGroup Properties, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -5.6%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? If you believe EGP 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. Given the uncertainty from negative growth in the future, this could be the right time to reduce your total portfolio risk. 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 EGP for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. Price climbed passed its industry peers, in addition to a risky future outlook. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management. Should the price fall in the future, will you be well-informed enough to buy?

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

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