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At CL$310, Is It Time To Put SalfaCorp S.A. (SNSE:SALFACORP) On Your Watch List?

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SalfaCorp S.A. (SNSE:SALFACORP), is not the largest company out there, but it saw a decent share price growth in the teens level on the SNSE over the last few months. As a small cap stock, hardly covered by any analysts, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Today I will analyse the most recent data on SalfaCorp’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What's the opportunity in SalfaCorp?

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 SalfaCorp’s ratio of 5.43x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 8.55x, which means if you buy SalfaCorp today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe that SalfaCorp should be trading at this level in the long run, then there’s not much of an upside to gain over and above other industry peers. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because SalfaCorp’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 does the future of SalfaCorp look like?

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SNSE:SALFACORP Earnings and Revenue Growth November 5th 2021

Future outlook is an important aspect when you’re looking at buying a stock, especially if you are an investor looking for growth in your portfolio. 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. In SalfaCorp's case, its revenues over the next few years are expected to grow by 41%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. If expense does not increase by the same rate, or higher, this top line growth should lead to stronger cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? SALFACORP’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around industry price multiples. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the track record of its management team. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at SALFACORP? 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 tabs on SALFACORP, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around industry price multiples. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for SALFACORP, 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.

So while earnings quality is important, it's equally important to consider the risks facing SalfaCorp at this point in time. For instance, we've identified 4 warning signs for SalfaCorp (2 are concerning) you should be familiar with.

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