Columbus McKinnon Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCO), might not be a large cap stock, but it led the NASDAQGS gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. With many analysts covering the stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s examine Columbus McKinnon’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.
What's the opportunity in Columbus McKinnon?
According to my valuation model, Columbus McKinnon seems to be fairly priced at around 17.35% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Columbus McKinnon today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth $44.27, 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 Columbus McKinnon’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 does the future of Columbus McKinnon look like?
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. 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. With profit expected to more than double over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Columbus McKinnon. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in CMCO’s positive outlook, with shares trading around its fair value. 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 the stock? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on CMCO, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for the company, 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.
If you want to dive deeper into Columbus McKinnon, you'd also look into what risks it is currently facing. Our analysis shows 4 warning signs for Columbus McKinnon (1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) and we strongly recommend you look at them before investing.
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