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Is It Too Late To Consider Buying Atlantic Power Corporation (TSE:ATP)?

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Atlantic Power Corporation (TSE:ATP), which is in the renewable energy business, and is based in United States, received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the TSX over the last few months, increasing to CA$3.38 at one point, and dropping to the lows of CA$3.02. 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 Atlantic Power's current trading price of CA$3.21 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Atlantic Power’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

See our latest analysis for Atlantic Power

What is Atlantic Power worth?

Great news for investors – Atlantic Power is still trading at a fairly cheap price. 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 5.6x is currently well-below the industry average of 17.19x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. Although, there may be another chance to buy again in the future. This is because Atlantic Power’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 does the future of Atlantic Power look like?

TSX:ATP Past and Future Earnings, November 18th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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 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 Atlantic Power, at least in the near future.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Although ATP is currently undervalued, the negative outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. I recommend you think about whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to ATP, or whether diversifying into another stock may be a better move for your total risk and return.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on ATP for a while, but hesitant on making the leap, I recommend you dig deeper into the stock. Given its current undervaluation, now is a great time to make a decision. But keep in mind the risks that come with negative growth prospects in the future.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Atlantic Power. You can find everything you need to know about Atlantic Power in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Atlantic Power, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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