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Should You Think About Buying BlackBerry Limited (TSE:BB) Now?

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BlackBerry Limited (TSE:BB), which is in the software business, and is based in Canada, saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the TSX. As a mid-cap stock with high coverage by analysts, you could assume any recent changes in the company’s outlook is already priced into the stock. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Today I will analyse the most recent data on BlackBerry’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

See our latest analysis for BlackBerry

Is BlackBerry still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to 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 BlackBerry’s ratio of 53.48x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 49.34x, which means if you buy BlackBerry today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that BlackBerry should be trading at this level in the long run, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that BlackBerry’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.

What does the future of BlackBerry look like?

TSX:BB Past and Future Earnings, April 25th 2019

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. 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 an extremely negative double-digit change in profit expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth is certainly not a driver of a buy decision. It seems like high uncertainty is on the cards for BlackBerry, at least in the near future.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? BB 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 optimal for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on BB, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on BB for a while, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The stock appears 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 crystalize your views on BB 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 BlackBerry. You can find everything you need to know about BlackBerry in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in BlackBerry, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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