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At US$9.31, Is Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) A Buy?

Erna Eldridge

Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to $12.11 at one point, and dropping to the lows of $9.27. This high level of volatility gives investors the opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at an artificially low price. A question to answer is whether Ford Motor’s current trading price of $9.31 reflective of the actual value of the large-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at Ford Motor’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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What’s the opportunity in Ford Motor?

Great news for investors – Ford Motor is still trading at a fairly cheap price. I’ve used the price-to-equity ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 5.47x is currently well-below the industry average of 10.97x, meaning that it is trading at a cheaper price relative to its peers. Ford Motor’s share price also seems relatively stable compared to the rest of the market, as indicated by its low beta. If you believe the share price should eventually reach its true value, a low beta could suggest it is unlikely to rapidly do so anytime soon, and once it’s there, it may be hard to fall back down into an attractive buying range.

What does the future of Ford Motor look like?

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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 a relatively muted profit growth of 3.5% expected over the next couple of years, growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for Ford Motor, at least in the short term.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since F is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to accumulate more of your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as financial health to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on F for a while, now might be the time to enter the stock. Its future outlook isn’t fully reflected in the current share price yet, which means it’s not too late to buy F. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the strength of its balance sheet, in order to make a well-informed buy.

Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on Ford Motor. You can find everything you need to know about Ford Motor in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Ford Motor, 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.