Is It Too Late To Consider Buying Linamar Corporation (TSE:LNR)?

Linamar Corporation (TSE:LNR), which is in the auto components business, and is based in Canada, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the TSX over the last few months. 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. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Linamar’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Linamar

Is Linamar still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 11% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Linamar today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is CA$55.17, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Linamar’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. 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.

Can we expect growth from Linamar?

TSX:LNR Past and Future Earnings, January 6th 2020
TSX:LNR Past and Future Earnings, January 6th 2020

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 Linamar, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -7.2%, 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? LNR seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock optimal 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 tabs on LNR for a while, now may not be the most advantageous 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. Furthermore, 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 gel your views on LNR 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 Linamar. You can find everything you need to know about Linamar in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Linamar, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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