Is There Now An Opportunity In Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO)?

Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ:ATRO), which is in the aerospace & defense business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NASDAQGS over the last few months. As a 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 Astronics’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What’s the opportunity in Astronics?

Great news for investors – Astronics is still trading at a fairly cheap price. 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 11.44x is currently well-below the industry average of 22.41x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because Astronics’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 kind of growth will Astronics generate?

NasdaqGS:ATRO Past and Future Earnings, May 22nd 2019
NasdaqGS:ATRO Past and Future Earnings, May 22nd 2019

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. However, with a negative profit growth of -15% expected next year, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for Astronics. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although ATRO is currently undervalued, the negative outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. Consider whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to ATRO, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on ATRO for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you research further into the stock. Given its current undervaluation, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Astronics. You can find everything you need to know about Astronics in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Astronics, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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