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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX)?

Lawrence Carr

Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE:MTX), which is in the chemicals business, and is based in United States, saw a decent share price growth in the teens level 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. But what if there is still an opportunity to buy? Let’s examine Minerals Technologies’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

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What’s the opportunity in Minerals Technologies?

According to my valuation model, Minerals Technologies seems to be fairly priced at around 13.04% above my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Minerals Technologies today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe the company’s true value is $49.42, 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 Minerals Technologies’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.

Can we expect growth from Minerals Technologies?

NYSE:MTX Future Profit January 31st 19

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. 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. However, with a negative profit growth of -0.3% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for Minerals Technologies. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? MTX seems fairly priced right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk 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 the stock, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on MTX for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The price seems to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. Furthermore, 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 MTX 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 Minerals Technologies. You can find everything you need to know about Minerals Technologies in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Minerals Technologies, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

To help readers see past 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. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.