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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE:GBX)?

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The Greenbrier Companies, Inc. (NYSE:GBX), which is in the machinery business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price increase on the NYSE over the last few months. With many analysts covering the stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s take a look at Greenbrier Companies’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for Greenbrier Companies

What's the opportunity in Greenbrier Companies?

Great news for investors – Greenbrier Companies is still trading at a fairly cheap price according to my price multiple model, where I compare the company's price-to-earnings ratio to the industry average. 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 8.49x is currently well-below the industry average of 15.55x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. What’s more interesting is that, Greenbrier Companies’s share price is quite volatile, which gives us more chances to buy since the share price could sink lower (or rise higher) in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

What does the future of Greenbrier Companies look like?

NYSE:GBX Past and Future Earnings April 9th 2020
NYSE:GBX Past and Future Earnings April 9th 2020

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. Buying a great company with a robust outlook at a cheap price is always a good investment, so let’s also take a look at the company's future expectations. Though in the case of Greenbrier Companies, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -7.2%, 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? Although GBX is currently trading below the industry PE ratio, the negative profit outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to GBX, 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 tabs on GBX for some time, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you research further into the stock. Given its current price multiple, 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 Greenbrier Companies. You can find everything you need to know about Greenbrier Companies in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Greenbrier Companies, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

If you spot an error that warrants correction, please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com. This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. Simply Wall St has no position in the stocks mentioned.

We aim to bring you long-term focused research analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Thank you for reading.