ScanSource, Inc. (NASDAQ:SCSC), 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 examine ScanSource’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.
What is ScanSource worth?
Great news for investors – ScanSource is still trading at a fairly cheap price 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 ScanSource’s ratio of 11.24x is below its peer average of 16.67x, which indicates the stock is trading at a lower price compared to the Electronic industry. What’s more interesting is that, ScanSource’s share price is quite volatile, which gives us more chances to buy since the share price could sink lower (or rise higher) in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.
What kind of growth will ScanSource generate?
Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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 ScanSource, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 1.0%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for ScanSource, at least in the near term.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since SCSC is currently trading below the industry PE ratio, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current price multiple.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on SCSC for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future profit outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy SCSC. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to make a well-informed assessment.
It can be quite valuable to consider what analysts expect for ScanSource from their most recent forecasts. At Simply Wall St, we have the analysts estimates which you can view by clicking here.
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