Is It Too Late To Consider Buying Kimball Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:KE)?

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 15, 2021
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Kimball Electronics, Inc. (NASDAQ:KE), might not be a large cap stock, but it saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NASDAQGS. Less-covered, small caps sees more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the public, which can be a good thing. So, could the stock still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Let’s take a look at Kimball Electronics’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

See our latest analysis for Kimball Electronics

Is Kimball Electronics still cheap?

The share price seems sensible at the moment according to my price multiple model, where I compare the company's price-to-earnings ratio to the industry average. 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 Kimball Electronics’s ratio of 15.19x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 19.78x, which means if you buy Kimball Electronics today, you’d be paying a decent price for it. And if you believe Kimball Electronics should be trading in this range, then there isn’t much room for the share price to grow beyond the levels of other industry peers over the long-term. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Kimball Electronics’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.

What kind of growth will Kimball Electronics generate?

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NasdaqGS:KE Earnings and Revenue Growth November 16th 2021

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 grow by a double-digit 17% in the upcoming year, the short-term outlook is positive for Kimball Electronics. 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? It seems like the market has already priced in KE’s positive outlook, with shares trading around industry price multiples. 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 KE? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below the industry PE ratio?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on KE, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around industry price multiples. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for KE, which means it’s worth further examining other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

Diving deeper into the forecasts for Kimball Electronics mentioned earlier will help you understand how analysts view the stock going forward. Luckily, you can check out what analysts are forecasting by clicking here.

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