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Should You Think About Buying Vicat SA (EPA:VCT) Now?

Amar Chadha

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Vicat SA (EPA:VCT), which is in the basic materials business, and is based in France, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the ENXTPA over the last few months, increasing to €46.4 at one point, and dropping to the lows of €39.84. 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 Vicat’s current trading price of €43.28 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 Vicat’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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Is Vicat still cheap?

According to my valuation model, Vicat seems to be fairly priced at around 7.4% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy Vicat today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth €46.74, then there’s not much of an upside to gain from mispricing. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that Vicat’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 Vicat look like?

ENXTPA:VCT Future Profit February 14th 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. 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. With profit expected to grow by 24% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for Vicat. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in VCT’s positive outlook, 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 the stock? Will you have enough confidence to invest in the company should the price drop below its fair value?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on VCT, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for the company, 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 Vicat. You can find everything you need to know about Vicat in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Vicat, 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.