Is Now The Time To Look At Buying Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSE:CP)?

Canadian Pacific Railway Limited (TSE:CP) received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the TSX over the last few months, increasing to CA$288.7 at one point, and dropping to the lows of CA$256.46. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether Canadian Pacific Railway’s current trading price of CA$269.96 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Canadian Pacific Railway’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 Canadian Pacific Railway worth?

Canadian Pacific Railway appears to be overvalued according to my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 16.23x is currently well-above the industry average of 9.99x, meaning that it is trading at a more expensive price relative to its peers. Another thing to keep in mind is that Canadian Pacific Railway’s share price is quite stable relative to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. This means that if you believe the current share price should move towards its intrinsic value over time, a low beta could suggest it is not likely to reach that level anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range again.

Can we expect growth from Canadian Pacific Railway?

TSX:CP Future Profit November 27th 18
TSX:CP Future Profit November 27th 18
Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company’s future expectations. Though in the case of Canadian Pacific Railway, it is expected to deliver a relatively unexciting earnings growth of 6.3%, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. Growth doesn’t appear to be a main reason for a buy decision for the company, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? CP’s future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe CP should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on CP for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the positive growth outlook may mean it’s worth diving deeper into other factors 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 Canadian Pacific Railway. You can find everything you need to know about Canadian Pacific Railway in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Canadian Pacific Railway, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.