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L.B. Foster Company (NASDAQ:FSTR), which is in the machinery business, and is based in United States, led the NASDAQGS gainers with a relatively large price hike in the past couple of weeks. Less-covered, small caps tend to present 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? Today I will analyse the most recent data on L.B. Foster’s outlook and valuation to see if the opportunity still exists.
What's the opportunity in L.B. Foster?
Good news, investors! L.B. Foster is still a bargain right now. According to my valuation, the intrinsic value for the stock is $44.07, but it is currently trading at US$24.02 on the share market, meaning that there is still an opportunity to buy now. What’s more interesting is that, L.B. Foster’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 does the future of L.B. Foster look like?
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 revenue growth of 2.9% expected in the upcoming year, short term growth doesn’t seem like a key driver for a buy decision for L.B. Foster.
What this means for you:
Are you a shareholder? Even though growth is relatively muted, since FSTR is currently undervalued, it may be a great time to increase your holdings in the stock. However, there are also other factors such as capital structure to consider, which could explain the current undervaluation.
Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping an eye on FSTR 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 FSTR. But before you make any investment decisions, consider other factors such as the track record of its management team, in order to make a well-informed investment decision.
Price is just the tip of the iceberg. Dig deeper into what truly matters – the fundamentals – before you make a decision on L.B. Foster. You can find everything you need to know about L.B. Foster in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in L.B. Foster, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.
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