Up simply 30% because the March lows of this yr, on the present price of round $58 per share, we consider Intel stock (NASDAQ: INTC), a pc chip expertise producer, has room for additional upside. Intel stock has jumped from $44 to $58 off its current backside, considerably lower than the S&P which elevated by round 70% from its lows. Additional, the stock remains to be down round 15% from its early 2020 excessive of $69. We consider that Intel’s stock may rise again to this degree, with an upside of virtually 20%, pushed by expectations of rising demand. Our dashboard What Elements Drove 26% Change In Intel Stock Between 2017 And Now? has the underlying numbers behind our pondering.
The stock price rise because the finish of 2017 got here as a consequence of a 135% rise in EPS from $2.04 in FY 2017 to $4.77 in FY 2019. Income rose round 15% from $62.eight billion to $72 billion over this era, and mixed with a 91% rise in web margins, web revenue jumped virtually 2.2x.
Intel’s P/E (price-to-earnings) dropped from 22.6x in 2017 to 12.5x in 2019, however has since dropped to 12.2x as Apple is regularly changing Intel chipsets with their very own in-house manufactured processing chips. Additional, Intel introduced that the subsequent technology of processing chips will probably be considerably delayed, launching in 2022. Nevertheless, we consider that the corporate’s P/E ratio has the potential to rise within the medium time period on expectations of regular demand development and the corporate’s potential foray into the GPU market, thus driving the stock price greater.
The place Is The Stock Headed?
The worldwide unfold of coronavirus and the ensuing lockdowns in early 2020 noticed a drop in demand for semiconductors worldwide, however Intel was not considerably impacted by this. That is evident from Intel’s outcomes for the primary 9 months of 2020, the place income got here in at $57.9 billion, up from $51.eight billion for a similar interval final yr. Sturdy execution by the corporate stored bills in examine, driving EPS from $3.18 to $3.55. Whereas we await Intel’s full-year 2020 outcomes later this month, we consider that regardless of the delay within the next-generation chip collection, demand for Intel’s merchandise will keep robust, as computing system demand has risen throughout the pandemic. Additional, Intel introduced earlier in 2020, that they have been trying to enter the GPU market by mid-2021 which, given the corporate’s legacy within the chipset market, may assist them make a dent in AMD and Nvidia’s duopoly within the GPU phase. We consider that with demand persevering with to rise, Intel will proceed to see income development within the medium time period, inflicting profitability to rise additional.
We anticipate this to drive up the corporate’s P/E a number of, and consider that Intel’s stock may acquire virtually 20% from present ranges, to regain its early 2020 excessive of $69. That is based mostly on our Intel Valuation and implies a P/E of round 14x for the stock.
Whereas Intel stock is worth contemplating, 2020 has created many pricing discontinuities which might provide enticing buying and selling alternatives. For instance, you’ll be stunned how counterintuitive the stock valuation is for Amazon vs Etsy. One other instance is Apple vs Microsoft.
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