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Is ACEA S.p.A. (BIT:ACE) Potentially Undervalued?

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ACEA S.p.A. (BIT:ACE), which is in the integrated utilities business, and is based in Italy, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the BIT over the last few months. With many analysts covering the mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on ACEA’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for ACEA

Is ACEA still cheap?

Great news for investors – ACEA is still trading at a fairly cheap price. 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 ACEA’s ratio of 13.71x is below its peer average of 19.53x, which suggests the stock is undervalued compared to the Integrated Utilities industry. What’s more interesting is that, ACEA’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 does the future of ACEA look like?

BIT:ACE Past and Future Earnings, July 17th 2019

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. ACEA’s earnings growth are expected to be in the teens in the upcoming years, indicating a solid future ahead. This should lead to robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Since ACE is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. With a positive outlook on the horizon, it seems like this growth has not yet been fully factored into the share price. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on ACE for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its prosperous future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy ACE. 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 buy.

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

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