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Why Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE) Could Be Worth Watching

Encore Wire Corporation (NASDAQ:WIRE), which is in the electrical 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 NasdaqGS. Less-covered, small caps sees more of an opportunity for mispricing due to the lack of information available to the public, which can be a good thing. So, could the stock still be trading at a low price relative to its actual value? Let’s examine Encore Wire’s valuation and outlook in more detail to determine if there’s still a bargain opportunity.

Check out our latest analysis for Encore Wire

Is Encore Wire still cheap?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. 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 Encore Wire’s ratio of 12.26x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 14.68x, which means if you buy Encore Wire today, you’d be paying a fair price for it. And if you believe Encore Wire should be trading in this range, then there isn’t much room for the share price grow beyond where it’s currently trading. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Encore Wire’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 kind of growth will Encore Wire generate?

NasdaqGS:WIRE Future Profit December 14th 18
NasdaqGS:WIRE Future Profit December 14th 18

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. However, with a negative profit growth of -11% expected over the next couple of years, near-term growth certainly doesn’t appear to be a driver for a buy decision for Encore Wire. This certainty tips the risk-return scale towards higher risk.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? Currently, WIRE appears to be trading around its fair value, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to de-risk your portfolio. Is your current exposure to the stock optimal for your total portfolio? And is the opportunity cost of holding a negative-outlook stock too high? Before you make a decision on WIRE, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on WIRE for a while, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. The price seems to be trading at fair value, which means there’s less benefit from mispricing. In addition to this, the negative growth outlook increases the risk of holding the stock. However, there are also other important factors we haven’t considered today, which can help gel your views on WIRE should the price fluctuate below its true value.

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