Via Varejo S.A. (BVMF:VVAR3), is not the largest company out there, but it saw significant share price movement during recent months on the BOVESPA, rising to highs of R$16.03 and falling to the lows of R$11.70. 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 Via Varejo's current trading price of R$12.80 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Via Varejo’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.
Is Via Varejo still cheap?
According to my valuation model, Via Varejo seems to be fairly priced at around 1.69% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Via Varejo today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is R$12.59, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Via Varejo’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 Via Varejo 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. Though in the case of Via Varejo, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the next few years, 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? Currently, VVAR3 appears to be trading around its fair value, 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 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 tabs on VVAR3 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 gel your views on VVAR3 should the price fluctuate below its true value.
If you'd like to know more about Via Varejo as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. To that end, you should learn about the 3 warning signs we've spotted with Via Varejo (including 2 which are a bit unpleasant).
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