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At HK$2.90, Is Pacific Basin Shipping Limited (HKG:2343) Worth Looking At Closely?

Simply Wall St ·  {{timeTz}}

Pacific Basin Shipping Limited (HKG:2343), is not the largest company out there, but it saw significant share price movement during recent months on the SEHK, rising to highs of HK$4.34 and falling to the lows of HK$2.88. 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 Pacific Basin Shipping's current trading price of HK$2.90 reflective of the actual value of the small-cap? Or is it currently undervalued, providing us with the opportunity to buy? Let's take a look at Pacific Basin Shipping's outlook and value based on the most recent financial data to see if there are any catalysts for a price change.

Check out our latest analysis for Pacific Basin Shipping

Is Pacific Basin Shipping Still Cheap?

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. 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 1.69x is currently trading slightly below its industry peers' ratio of 3.63x, which means if you buy Pacific Basin Shipping today, you'd be paying a reasonable price for it. And if you believe Pacific Basin Shipping 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 Pacific Basin Shipping'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 Pacific Basin Shipping?

earnings-and-revenue-growthSEHK:2343 Earnings and Revenue Growth August 18th 2022

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. Though in the case of Pacific Basin Shipping, it is expected to deliver a highly negative earnings growth in the next few years, which doesn't help build up its investment thesis. It appears that risk of future uncertainty is high, at least in the near term.

What This Means For You

Are you a shareholder? 2343 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 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 2343, take a look at whether its fundamentals have changed.

Are you a potential investor? If you've been keeping an eye on 2343 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. Furthermore, 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 2343 should the price fluctuate below the industry PE ratio.

In light of this, if you'd like to do more analysis on the company, it's vital to be informed of the risks involved. When we did our research, we found 4 warning signs for Pacific Basin Shipping (1 is a bit concerning!) that we believe deserve your full attention.

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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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