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Is It Time To Consider Buying Elementis plc (LON:ELM)?

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Elementis plc (LON:ELM), which is in the chemicals business, and is based in United Kingdom, saw significant share price movement during recent months on the LSE, rising to highs of UK£1.66 and falling to the lows of UK£1.30. 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 Elementis's current trading price of UK£1.37 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 Elementis’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for Elementis

What is Elementis worth?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 1.1% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Elementis today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth £1.39, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. What's more, Elementis’s share price may be more stable over time (relative to the market), as indicated by its low beta.

What does the future of Elementis look like?

LSE:ELM Past and Future Earnings, October 7th 2019

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. 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. Elementis’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 55%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? ELM’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 confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on ELM, 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 Elementis. You can find everything you need to know about Elementis in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Elementis, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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