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What Is V.F. Corporation's (NYSE:VFC) Share Price Doing?

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V.F. Corporation (NYSE:VFC) received a lot of attention from a substantial price movement on the NYSE over the last few months, increasing to US$65.97 at one point, and dropping to the lows of US$45.38. 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 V.F's current trading price of US$45.38 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 V.F’s outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

See our latest analysis for V.F

What's the opportunity in V.F?

The share price seems sensible at the moment according to my price multiple model, where I compare the company's price-to-earnings ratio to the industry average. 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 V.F’s ratio of 14.74x is trading slightly above its industry peers’ ratio of 10.09x, which means if you buy V.F today, you’d be paying a relatively reasonable price for it. And if you believe V.F should be trading in this range, then there isn’t really any room for the share price 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 V.F’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.

What kind of growth will V.F generate?

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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. With profit expected to grow by 47% over the next couple of years, the future seems bright for V.F. It looks like higher cash flow is on the cards for the stock, which should feed into a higher share valuation.

What this means for you:

Are you a shareholder? It seems like the market has already priced in VFC’s positive outlook, with shares trading around industry price multiples. 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 VFC? Will you have enough conviction to buy should the price fluctuate below the industry PE ratio?

Are you a potential investor? If you’ve been keeping tabs on VFC, now may not be the most advantageous time to buy, given it is trading around industry price multiples. However, the positive outlook is encouraging for VFC, 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.

With this in mind, we wouldn't consider investing in a stock unless we had a thorough understanding of the risks. Every company has risks, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for V.F (of which 1 makes us a bit uncomfortable!) you should know about.

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