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What Does SDL plc's (LON:SDL) Share Price Indicate?

Simply Wall St
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SDL plc (LON:SDL), which is in the software business, and is based in United Kingdom, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the LSE over the last few months, increasing to UK£6.36 at one point, and dropping to the lows of UK£5.66. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether SDL's current trading price of UK£5.84 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at SDL’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

See our latest analysis for SDL

What's the opportunity in SDL?

According to my valuation model, SDL seems to be fairly priced at around 3.7% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy SDL today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth £6.06, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. In addition to this, SDL has a low beta, which suggests its share price is less volatile than the wider market.

What does the future of SDL look like?

LSE:SDL Past and Future Earnings, February 24th 2020
LSE:SDL Past and Future Earnings, February 24th 2020

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 71% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for SDL. 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 SDL’s positive outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. 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 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 tabs on SDL, 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 SDL. You can find everything you need to know about SDL in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in SDL, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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