Is It Time To Consider Buying Keppel Corporation Limited (SGX:BN4)?

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Keppel Corporation Limited (SGX:BN4), which is in the industrials business, and is based in Singapore, saw a double-digit share price rise of over 10% in the past couple of months on the SGX. With many analysts covering the mid-cap stock, we may expect any price-sensitive announcements have already been factored into the stock’s share price. However, could the stock still be trading at a relatively cheap price? Let’s take a look at Keppel’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if the opportunity still exists.

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What's the opportunity in Keppel?

The stock seems fairly valued at the moment according to my relative valuation model. I’ve used the price-to-earnings ratio in this instance because there’s not enough visibility to forecast its cash flows. The stock’s ratio of 15.47x is currently trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 15.11x, which means if you buy Keppel today, you’d be paying a relatively fair price for it. And if you believe that Keppel should be trading at this level in the long run, there’s only an insignificant downside when the price falls to its real value. Although, there may be an opportunity to buy in the future. This is because Keppel’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 Keppel?

SGX:BN4 Past and Future Earnings, April 23rd 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. Keppel’s earnings over the next few years are expected to increase by 38%, indicating a highly optimistic future ahead. This should lead to more robust cash flows, feeding into a higher share value.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? BN4’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 financial strength of the company. Have these factors changed since the last time you looked at BN4? 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 BN4, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around its fair value. However, the optimistic forecast is encouraging for BN4, which means it’s worth diving deeper into 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 Keppel. You can find everything you need to know about Keppel in the latest infographic research report. If you are no longer interested in Keppel, you can use our free platform to see my list of over 50 other stocks with a high growth potential.

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