Is It Time To Consider Buying Canfor Corporation (TSE:CFP)?

Canfor Corporation (TSE:CFP), which is in the forestry business, and is based in Canada, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the TSX over the last few months, increasing to CA$15.91 at one point, and dropping to the lows of CA$9.27. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether Canfor’s current trading price of CA$9.74 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Canfor’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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What is Canfor worth?

According to my valuation model, Canfor seems to be fairly priced at around 0.1% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Canfor today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is CA$9.75, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Canfor’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

What kind of growth will Canfor generate?

TSX:CFP Past and Future Earnings, May 27th 2019
TSX:CFP Past and Future Earnings, May 27th 2019

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. Though in the case of Canfor, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the upcoming, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? CFP seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock beneficial for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on the stock, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on CFP for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The price seems to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. In addition to this, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help crystalize your views on CFP should the price fluctuate below its true value.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Canfor. You can find everything you need to know about Canfor in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Canfor, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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