Victory Capital Corp (TSXV:VIC.P), a CADCA$240.00K small-cap, operates in the capital markets industry, which has recently been facing serious existential threats resulting from potential disintermediation and disruption from new technology. Many banks and capital markets firms, particularly the large, complex institutions, have been simplifying their business and operating models over the last few years, both for economic reasons and to reduce organizational complexity. Financial services analysts are forecasting for the entire industry, negative growth in the upcoming year , and an enormous growth of 41.34% over the next couple of years. However this rate still came in below the growth rate of the Canadian stock market as a whole. Is now the right time to pick up some shares in capital markets companies? In this article, I’ll take you through the sector growth expectations, as well as evaluate whether VIC.P is lagging or leading its competitors in the industry. See our latest analysis for VIC.P
What’s the catalyst for VIC.P’s sector growth?
The threat of disintermediation in the capital markets industry is both real and imminent, taking profits away from traditional incumbent financial institutions. In the previous year, the industry endured negative growth of -1.30%, underperforming the Canadian market growth of 8.26%. Given the lack of analyst consensus in VIC.P’s outlook, we could potentially assume the stock’s growth rate broadly follows its capital markets industry peers. This means it is an attractive growth stock relative to the wider Canadian stock market.
Is VIC.P and the sector relatively cheap?
The capital markets industry is trading at a PE ratio of 14x, in-line with the Canadian stock market PE of 17x. This means the industry, on average, is fairly valued compared to the wider market – minimal expected gains and losses from mispricing here. Furthermore, the industry returned a similar 8.83% on equities compared to the market’s 9.62%. Since VIC.P’s earnings doesn’t seem to reflect its true value, its PE ratio isn’t very useful. A loose alternative to gauge VIC.P’s value is to assume the stock should be relatively in-line with its industry.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? Capital markets stocks are currently expected to grow slower than the average stock on the index. This means if you’re overweight in this sector, your portfolio will be tilted towards lower-growth. If growth was one of your main investment catalyst in the sector, now would be the time to revisit your holdings in VIC.P. Keep in mind the sector is trading relatively in-line with the rest of the market, which may mean you’ll be selling out at a reasonable price.
Are you a potential investor? The financial sector’s below-market growth and average valuation hardly makes it an exciting investment case. If you’re looking for a high-growth stock with potential mispricing, it seems like capital markets companies like VIC.P isn’t the right place to look. However, if you’re interested in the stock for other reasons, I suggest you research more into the company’s cash flow as well as its financial health in order to gain a holistic view of the stock.
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