Bluebird Merchant Ventures Limited (LON:BMV) And The Basic Materials Industry Prospect For 2018

Bluebird Merchant Ventures Limited (LSE:BMV), a UK£5.73M small-cap, is a metals and mining operating in an industry which supplies materials for construction. This means it is highly sensitive to changes in the economic cycle, a key driver of building activities. Moreover, the basic materials sector can be affected by shifts in the housing market, as many produced raw materials are components of construction projects. For example, if new housing development slows, the demand for metal products may also decrease. Basic material analysts are forecasting for the entire industry, a positive double-digit growth of 19.42% in the upcoming year , and a massive growth of 35.12% over the next couple of years. Not surprisingly, this rate is more than double the growth rate of the UK stock market as a whole. Is the metals and mining industry an attractive sector-play right now? Today, I will analyse the industry outlook, and also determine whether Bluebird Merchant Ventures is a laggard or leader relative to its basic materials sector peers. Check out our latest analysis for Bluebird Merchant Ventures

What’s the catalyst for Bluebird Merchant Ventures’s sector growth?

LSE:BMV Growth In Earnings Feb 7th 18
LSE:BMV Growth In Earnings Feb 7th 18
Altogether the basic materials sector seems to be predominantly mature in terms of its industry life cycle. Companies appear to be highly competitive and consolidation seems to be a inevitable. However, the industry is still facing many emerging trends including the reduction of waste, raw material inflation, and innovation in global supply chain management. In the previous year, the industry saw growth in the thirties, beating the UK market growth of 12.03%. Given the lack of analyst consensus in Bluebird Merchant Ventures’s outlook, we could potentially assume the stock’s growth rate broadly follows its metals and mining industry peers. This means it is an attractive growth stock relative to the wider UK stock market.

Is Bluebird Merchant Ventures and the sector relatively cheap?

LSE:BMV PE PEG Gauge Feb 7th 18
LSE:BMV PE PEG Gauge Feb 7th 18
The metals and mining sector’s PE is currently hovering around 13.98x, relatively similar to the rest of the UK stock market PE of 17.77x. This illustrates a fairly valued sector relative to the rest of the market, indicating low mispricing opportunities. Furthermore, the industry returned a similar 11.26% on equities compared to the market’s 12.79%. On the stock-level, Bluebird Merchant Ventures is trading at a lower PE ratio of 4.18x, making it cheaper than the average metals and mining stock. In terms of returns, Bluebird Merchant Ventures generated 62.26% in the past year, which is 51.00% over the metals and mining sector.

Next Steps:

If you’ve been keeping an eye on the materials sector, now is the right time to dive deeper into the stock-level. The high growth prospect makes stocks such as Bluebird Merchant Ventures a more appealing investment case, though the industry is trading relatively in-line with the rest of the wider market. However, before you make a decision on the stock, I suggest you look at Bluebird Merchant Ventures’s fundamentals in order to build a holistic investment thesis.