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Should You Think About Buying Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ:CHDN) Now?

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Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ:CHDN), which is in the hospitality business, and is based in United States, led the NASDAQGS gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. 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, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Today I will analyse the most recent data on Churchill Downs’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.

Check out our latest analysis for Churchill Downs

What's the opportunity in Churchill Downs?

According to my relative valuation model, the stock seems to be currently fairly priced. 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 27.26x is currently trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 22.57x, which means if you buy Churchill Downs today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that Churchill Downs should be trading at this level in the long run, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Churchill Downs’s beta (a measure of share price volatility) is high, meaning its price movements will be exaggerated relative to the rest of the market. If the market is bearish, the company’s shares will likely fall by more than the rest of the market, providing a prime buying opportunity.

What kind of growth will Churchill Downs generate?

NasdaqGS:CHDN Past and Future Earnings, September 9th 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. Though in the case of Churchill Downs, it is expected to deliver a negative earnings growth of -16%, 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? Currently, CHDN appears to be trading around its fair value, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in 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 CHDN, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on CHDN for a while, now may not be the most advantageous 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 CHDN 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 Churchill Downs. You can find everything you need to know about Churchill Downs in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Churchill Downs, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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