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Should You Buy Ladder Capital Corp (LADR)?

Kevin Zeng

Ladder Capital Corp (NYSE:LADR), a mortgage real estate investment trusts (reits) company based in United States, maintained its current share price over the past couple of month on the NYSE, with a relatively tight range of $13.06 to $13.93. However, does this price actually reflect the true value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at LADR’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change. View our latest analysis for Ladder Capital

What’s the opportunity in LADR?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my valuation model. It’s trading around 10% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy LADR today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe LADR’s true value is $15.07, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since LADR’s share price is quite volatile, we could potentially see it sink lower (or rise higher) in the future, giving us another chance to buy. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much LADR moves relative to the rest of the market.

What kind of growth will LADR generate?

NYSE:LADR Future Profit Dec 4th 17

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. Though in the case of LADR, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the next few years, which doesn’t help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Currently, LADR appears to be trading around its fair value, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock beneficial for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on LADR, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on LADR for a while, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The stock appears to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. In addition to this, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help gel your views on LADR should the price fluctuate below its true value.

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


To help readers see pass the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned.