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Is Now The Time To Look At Buying Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO)?

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Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO), which is in the auto business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to $59.68 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $42.72. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether Thor Industries's current trading price of $44.22 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Thor Industries’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

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What's the opportunity in Thor Industries?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. 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 18.21x is currently trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 16.68x, which means if you buy Thor Industries today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe Thor Industries should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Is there another opportunity to buy low in the future? Since Thor Industries’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 the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

Can we expect growth from Thor Industries?

NYSE:THO Past and Future Earnings, September 4th 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. Thor Industries’s earnings over the next few years are expected to double, indicating a very optimistic future ahead. This should lead to stronger cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? THO’s optimistic future growth appears to have been factored into the current share price, with shares trading around its fair value. However, there are also other important factors which we haven’t considered today, such as the financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at THO? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the true value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on THO, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for THO, which means it’s worth further examining other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, 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 Thor Industries. You can find everything you need to know about Thor Industries in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Thor Industries, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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