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Interested In The Basic Materials Industry? Take A Look At Plato Gold Corp (TSXV:PGC)

Seth Doty

Plato Gold Corp (TSXV:PGC), a CADCA$5.76M small-cap, is a metals and mining operating in an industry which is sensitive to changes in the business cycle, as it supplies materials for construction activities. Basic material analysts are forecasting for the entire industry, a positive double-digit growth of 25.66% in the upcoming year , and a whopping growth of 64.14% over the next couple of years. This rate is larger than the growth rate of the Canadian stock market as a whole. Below, I will examine the sector growth prospects, as well as evaluate whether PGC is lagging or leading in the industry. View our latest analysis for Plato Gold

What’s the catalyst for PGC’s sector growth?

TSXV:PGC Past Future Earnings Nov 30th 17

Altogether the basic materials sector seems like it has reached maturity in its life cycle. Companies appear to be vastly competitive and consolidation seems to be a common theme. There are plenty of emerging trends to deal with across the board including the reduction of waste, raw material inflation, and innovation in global supply chain management. In the past year, the industry delivered growth of over 50%, beating the Canadian market growth of 8.26%. PGC lags the pack with its sustained negative earnings over the past couple of years. The company’s outlook seems uncertain, with a lack of analyst coverage, which doesn’t boost our confidence in the stock. This lack of growth and transparency means PGC may be trading cheaper than its peers.

Is PGC and the sector relatively cheap?

TSXV:PGC PE PEG Gauge Nov 30th 17

The metals and mining industry is trading at a PE ratio of 11x, lower than the rest of the Canadian stock market PE of 17x. This means the industry, on average, is relatively undervalued compared to the wider market – a potential mispricing opportunity here! Though, the industry returned a similar 8.60% on equities compared to the market’s 9.62%. Since PGC’s earnings doesn’t seem to reflect its true value, its PE ratio isn’t very useful. A loose alternative to gauge PGC’s value is to assume the stock should be relatively in-line with its industry.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? PGC recently delivered an industry-beating growth rate in earnings, which is a positive for shareholders. If you’re bullish on the stock and well-diversified by industry, you may decide to hold onto PGC as part of your portfolio. However, if you’re relatively concentrated in metals and mining, you may want to value PGC based on its cash flows to determine if it is overpriced based on its current growth outlook.

Are you a potential investor? If PGC has been on your watchlist for a while, now may be the time to enter into the stock, if you like its ability to deliver growth and are not highly concentrated in the metals and mining industry. Before you make a decision on the stock, take a look at PGC’s cash flows and assess whether the stock is trading at a fair price.

For a deeper dive into Plato Gold’s stock, take a look at the company’s latest free analysis report to find out more on its financial health and other fundamentals. Interested in other basic materials stocks instead? Use our free playform to see my list of over 2000 other basic materials companies trading on the market.

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.