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What Does Transcat, Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TRNS) Share Price Indicate?

Devin Koller

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Transcat, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRNS), which is in the trade distributors business, and is based in United States, led the NASDAQGM gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. 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 Transcat’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for Transcat

What is Transcat worth?

Transcat is currently overpriced based on my relative valuation model. 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 Transcat’s ratio of 24.59x is above its peer average of 12.67x, which suggests the stock is overvalued compared to the Trade Distributors industry. In addition to this, it seems like Transcat’s share price is quite stable, which could mean two things: firstly, it may take the share price a while to fall back down to an attractive buying range, and secondly, there may be less chances to buy low in the future once it reaches that value. This is because the stock is less volatile than the wider market given its low beta.

Can we expect growth from Transcat?

NasdaqGM:TRNS Past and Future Earnings, February 23rd 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 relatively muted profit growth of 5.7% expected over the next year, growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for Transcat, at least in the short term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? TRNS’s future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading above its fair value. At this current price, shareholders may be asking a different question – should I sell? If you believe TRNS should trade below its current price, selling high and buying it back up again when its price falls towards its real value can be profitable. But before you make this decision, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on TRNS for a while, now may not be the best time to enter into the stock. The price has surpassed its industry peers, which means it is likely that there is no more upside from mispricing. However, the positive growth outlook may mean it’s worth diving deeper into other factors in order to take advantage of the next price drop.

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

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