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Is There Now An Opportunity In DS Smith Plc (LON:SMDS)?

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DS Smith Plc (LON:SMDS), which is in the packaging business, and is based in United Kingdom, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the LSE over the last few months. As a mid-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at DS Smith’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What is DS Smith worth?

Great news for investors – DS Smith is still trading at a fairly cheap price. My valuation model shows that the intrinsic value for the stock is £5.32, which is above what the market is valuing the company at the moment. This indicates a potential opportunity to buy low. DS Smith’s share price also seems relatively stable compared to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. If you believe the share price should eventually reach its true value, a low beta could suggest it is unlikely to rapidly do so anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range.

What kind of growth will DS Smith generate?

LSE:SMDS Past and Future Earnings, August 2nd 2019

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. With profit expected to grow by 51% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for DS Smith. 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? Since SMDS 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 capital structure to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on SMDS 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 SMDS. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, 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 DS Smith. You can find everything you need to know about DS Smith in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in DS Smith, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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