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At CA$98.41, Is West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSE:WFG) Worth Looking At Closely?

West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. (TSE:WFG), might not be a large cap stock, but it saw significant share price movement during recent months on the TSX, rising to highs of CA$119 and falling to the lows of CA$91.51. Some share price movements can give investors a better opportunity to enter into the stock, and potentially buy at a lower price. A question to answer is whether West Fraser Timber's current trading price of CA$98.41 reflective of the actual value of the mid-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let’s take a look at West Fraser Timber’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

View our latest analysis for West Fraser Timber

What is West Fraser Timber worth?

According to my price multiple model, which makes a comparison between the company's price-to-earnings ratio and the industry average, the stock price seems to be justfied. 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 West Fraser Timber’s ratio of 2.01x is trading slightly below its industry peers’ ratio of 3.01x, which means if you buy West Fraser Timber today, you’d be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe West Fraser Timber should be trading in this range, then there isn’t much room for the share price to grow beyond the levels of other industry peers over the long-term. So, is there another chance to buy low in the future? Given that West Fraser Timber’s share is fairly volatile (i.e. its price movements are magnified relative to the rest of the market) this could mean the price can sink lower, giving us an opportunity to buy later on. This is based on its high beta, which is a good indicator for share price volatility.

Can we expect growth from West Fraser Timber?


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 an extremely negative double-digit change in profit expected next year, near-term growth is certainly not a driver of a buy decision. It seems like high uncertainty is on the cards for West Fraser Timber, at least in the near future.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? WFG seems priced close to industry peers right now, but given the uncertainty from negative returns in the future, this could be the right time to reduce the risk in 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 WFG, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on WFG for a while, now may not be the most optimal time to buy, given it is trading around industry price multiples. This 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 WFG should the price fluctuate below the industry PE ratio.

If you'd like to know more about West Fraser Timber as a business, it's important to be aware of any risks it's facing. In terms of investment risks, we've identified 1 warning sign with West Fraser Timber, and understanding this should be part of your investment process.

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This article by Simply Wall St is general in nature. We provide commentary based on historical data and analyst forecasts only using an unbiased methodology and our articles are not intended to be financial advice. It does not constitute a recommendation to buy or sell any stock, and does not take account of your objectives, or your financial situation. We aim to bring you long-term focused analysis driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis may not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements or qualitative material. Simply Wall St has no position in any stocks mentioned.

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