G8 Education Limited (ASX:GEM), might not be a large cap stock, but it received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the ASX over the last few months, increasing to AU$1.15 at one point, and dropping to the lows of AU$1.01. 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 G8 Education’s current trading price of AU$1.09 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 G8 Education’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
Great news for investors – G8 Education is still trading at a fairly cheap price according to my price multiple model, where I compare 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 20.47x is currently well-below the industry average of 34.97x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers.
G8 Education’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 industry peers, 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.