BE Semiconductor Industries N.V. (AMS:BESI), which is in the semiconductor business, and is based in Netherlands, led the ENXTAM gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. As a mid-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, what if the stock is still a bargain? Today I will analyse the most recent data on BE Semiconductor Industries’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.
What’s the opportunity in BE Semiconductor Industries?
According to my price multiple model, which makes a comparison between the company’s price-to-earnings ratio and the industry average, the stock price seems to be justfied. In this instance, I’ve used the price-to-earnings (PE) ratio given that there is not enough information to reliably forecast the stock’s cash flows. I find that BE Semiconductor Industries’s ratio of 26.32x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 25.15x, which means if you buy BE Semiconductor Industries today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe that BE Semiconductor Industries should be trading at this level in the long run, then there should only be a fairly immaterial downside vs other industry peers. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because BE Semiconductor Industries’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.
What kind of growth will BE Semiconductor Industries generate?
Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Although value investors would argue that it’s the intrinsic value relative to the price that matter the most, a more compelling investment thesis would be high growth potential at a cheap price. BE Semiconductor Industries’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 72%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in BESI’s positive outlook, with shares trading around industry price multiples. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at BESI? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below the industry PE ratio?
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on BESI, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around industry price multiples. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for BESI, which means it’s worth further examining other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to take advantage of the next price drop.
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on BE Semiconductor Industries. You can find everything you need to know about BE Semiconductor Industries in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in BE Semiconductor Industries, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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