At $160 Per Share, Is Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG) Still A Buy?


Shire PLC (NASDAQ: SHPG), a healthcare firm with a market capitalization of $47.4 billion, saw its share price increase by 27.5% over the last month. As a large-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, could shares still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s take a look at Shire’s outlook and value based on its most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

What Is Shire Worth?

Welcoming news for investors, Shire is still trading at a fairly cheap price. According to our 7 valuation analyses, the intrinsic value for the stock is $201.08 per share and is currently trading at $160.00 in the market. This means that there is still an opportunity to buy now.

Shire PLC Valuation Detail
Analysis Model Fair Value Upside (Downside)
10-yr DCF Revenue Exit $260.22 62.6%
5-yr DCF Revenue Exit $226.46 41.5%
Peer Revenue Multiples $163.04 1.9%
Peer EBITDA Multiples $185.53 16.0%
Dividend Discount Model $238.76 49.2%
Dividend Discount Model (multi-stage) $207.16 29.5%
Earnings Power Value $126.41 -21.0%
Average $201.08 25.7%

Click on any of the analyses above to view the latest model with real-time data.

What’s more interesting is that Shire’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.

How Much Growth Will Shire Generate?

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.

Shire projected ebitda chartsource: data explorer

With EBITDA expected to grow on average of 11.8% over the next couple years, the future certainly appears bright for Shire. It looks like higher cash flows are in the cards for shareholders, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

Next Steps

While many investors tend to categorize stocks as either value or growth plays, the most successful investors view growth in conjunction with a company’s value. Take legendary investor Peter Lynch for example, who is widely known for popularizing the term growth at a reasonable price (GARP).

GARP is a strategy that combines aspects of both growth and value investing techniques by finding high growth companies that don’t trade at overly high valuations. In the application of this strategy, Lynch achieved 29% annualized returns as the manager of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund from 1977 to 1990. Needless to say the importance of analyzing a company’s fair value in addition to its growth prospects.

Shire’s optimistic future growth does not appear to have been fully factored into the current share price with the stock still trading below its intrinsic value. Therefore, it may be a good time to purchase shares or increase your position in the company.

However, if you have not done so already, I highly recommend you complete your research on Shire by taking a look at the following:

Efficiency Metrics: inventory turnover is a ratio that measures the number of times a company’s inventory is sold and replaced over the year. View Shire’s inventory turnover here.

Risk Metrics: what is Shire’s CapEx coverage? This is the amount a company outlays for capital assets for each dollar it generates from those investments. View the company’s CapEx coverage here.

Valuation Metrics: what is Shire’s price to book ratio and how does it compare to its peers? Analyze Price / Book here.

As of this writing, I did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities and this is not a buy or sell recommendation on any security mentioned.

Expertise: Valuation, financial statement analysis. Matt Hogan is also a co-founder of His expertise is in investment decision making. Prior to, Matt worked for an investment banking group providing fairness opinions in connection to stock acquisitions. He spent much of his time building valuation models to help clients determine an asset’s fair value. He believes that these same valuation models should be used by all investors before buying or selling a stock. His work is frequently published at InvestorPlace, Benzinga, ValueWalk, AAII, Barron’s, Seeking Alpha and Matt can be reached at or at +1 (516) 778-6257.

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