Let's talk about the popular BNP Paribas SA (EPA:BNP). The company's shares received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the ENXTPA over the last few months. As a large-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, what if the stock is still a bargain? Today I will analyse the most recent data on BNP Paribas’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.
Is BNP Paribas still cheap?
The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 6.3% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy BNP Paribas today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth €55.65, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since BNP Paribas’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. 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.
Can we expect growth from BNP Paribas?
Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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. BNP Paribas’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? BNP’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at the stock? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuates below the true value?
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on BNP, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic prospect is encouraging for the company, 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.
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on BNP Paribas. You can find everything you need to know about BNP Paribas in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in BNP Paribas, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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