ACI Worldwide, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACIW), might not be a large cap stock, but it saw significant share price movement during recent months on the NASDAQGS, rising to highs of US$24.83 and falling to the lows of US$20.00. 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 ACI Worldwide's current trading price of US$20.37 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at ACI Worldwide’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
What Is ACI Worldwide Worth?
Good news, investors! ACI Worldwide is still a bargain right now according to my price multiple model, which compares the company's price-to-earnings ratio to the industry average. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 14.18x is currently well-below the industry average of 44.7x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. What’s more interesting is that, ACI Worldwide’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.
Can we expect growth from ACI Worldwide?
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. However, with a negative profit growth of -3.9% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for ACI Worldwide. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.
What This Means For You
Are you a shareholder? Although ACIW is currently trading below the industry PE ratio, the adverse prospect of negative growth brings about some degree of risk. Consider whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to ACIW, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on ACIW for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you research further into the stock. Given its current price multiple, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.
Keep in mind, when it comes to analysing a stock it's worth noting the risks involved. While conducting our analysis, we found that ACI Worldwide has 2 warning signs and it would be unwise to ignore these.
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