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Is It Too Late To Consider Buying GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:GNC)?

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GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:GNC), which is in the specialty retail business, and is based in United States, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the NYSE. As a small cap stock, which tends to lack high analyst coverage, there is generally more of an opportunity for mispricing as there is less activity to push the stock closer to fair value. Is there still an opportunity here to buy? Let’s take a look at GNC Holdings’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

View our latest analysis for GNC Holdings

What's the opportunity in GNC Holdings?

Good news, investors! GNC Holdings is still a bargain right now. 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 GNC Holdings’s ratio of 2.92x is below its peer average of 14.53x, which suggests the stock is undervalued compared to the Specialty Retail industry. What’s more interesting is that, GNC Holdings’s share price is quite volatile, which gives us more chances to buy since the share price could sink lower (or rise higher) in the future. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for how much the stock moves relative to the rest of the market.

What kind of growth will GNC Holdings generate?

NYSE:GNC Past and Future Earnings, June 19th 2019

Investors looking for growth in their portfolio may want to consider the prospects of a company before buying its shares. 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 GNC Holdings, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the upcoming, 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? Although GNC is currently undervalued, the negative outlook does bring on some uncertainty, which equates to higher risk. Consider whether you want to increase your portfolio exposure to GNC, 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 GNC 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 GNC Holdings. You can find everything you need to know about GNC Holdings in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in GNC Holdings, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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