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Is It Too Late To Consider Buying ECN Capital Corp. (TSE:ECN)?

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ECN Capital Corp. (TSE:ECN), which is in the diversified financial business, and is based in Canada, saw a significant share price rise of over 20% in the past couple of months on the TSX. With many analysts covering the stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, what if the stock is still a bargain? Let’s examine ECN Capital’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

See our latest analysis for ECN Capital

What is ECN Capital worth?

According to my valuation model, ECN Capital seems to be fairly priced at around 12% below my intrinsic value, which means if you buy ECN Capital today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe that the stock is really worth CA$4.72, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond what it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because ECN Capital’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.

Can we expect growth from ECN Capital?

TSX:ECN Past and Future Earnings, March 6th 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. In ECN Capital’s case, its revenues over the next few years are expected to grow by 91%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. If expense does not increase by the same rate, or higher, this top line growth should lead to stronger cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? ECN’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 track record of its management team. 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 an eye on ECN, now may not be the most optimal 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 ECN Capital. You can find everything you need to know about ECN Capital in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in ECN Capital, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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