Pelangio Exploration Inc (TSXV:PX), a CADCA$9.88M small-cap, is a metals and mining operating in an industry which is sensitive to changes in the business cycle, as it supplies materials for construction activities. Furthermore, the basic materials sector can be affected by shifts in the housing market, as many produced raw materials are components of construction projects. For example, if new housing development slows, the demand for metal products may also decrease. Basic material analysts are forecasting for the entire industry, a strong double-digit growth of 25.66% in the upcoming year , and a whopping growth of 64.14% over the next couple of years. This rate is larger than the growth rate of the Canadian stock market as a whole. Is now the right time to pick up some shares in metals and mining companies? Today, I will analyse the industry outlook, as well as evaluate whether PX is lagging or leading its competitors in the industry. View our latest analysis for Pelangio Exploration
What’s the catalyst for PX’s sector growth?
As a whole, the basic materials sector seems like it has reached maturity in its life cycle. Companies appear to be vastly competitive and consolidation seems to be a natural trend. However, the industry is still facing many emerging trends including the reduction of waste, raw material inflation, and innovation in global supply chain management. Over the past year, the industry saw growth of over 50%, beating the Canadian market growth of 8.26%. PX lags the pack with its sustained negative earnings over the past couple of years. The company’s outlook seems uncertain, with a lack of analyst coverage, which doesn’t boost our confidence in the stock. This lack of growth and transparency means PX may be trading cheaper than its peers.
Is PX and the sector relatively cheap?
The metals and mining sector’s PE is currently hovering around 11x, below the broader Canadian stock market PE of 17x. This illustrates a somewhat under-priced sector compared to the rest of the market. Though, the industry returned a similar 8.60% on equities compared to the market’s 9.62%. Since PX’s earnings doesn’t seem to reflect its true value, its PE ratio isn’t very useful. A loose alternative to gauge PX’s value is to assume the stock should be relatively in-line with its industry.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? PX has been a metals and mining industry laggard in the past year. If your initial investment thesis is around the growth prospects of PX, there are other metals and mining companies that have delivered higher growth, and perhaps trading at a discount to the industry average. Consider how PX fits into your wider portfolio and the opportunity cost of holding onto the stock.
Are you a potential investor? If PX has been on your watchlist for a while, now may be a good time to dig deeper into the stock. Although its growth has delivered lower growth relative to its metals and mining peers in the near term, the market may be pessimistic on the stock, leading to a potential undervaluation. Before you make a decision on the stock, I suggest you look at PX’s future cash flows in order to assess whether the stock is trading at a reasonable price.
For a deeper dive into Pelangio Exploration’s stock, take a look at the company’s latest free analysis report to find out more on its financial health and other fundamentals. Interested in other basic materials stocks instead? Use our free playform to see my list of over 2000 other basic materials companies trading on the market.