Just as we examine companies each week that may be rising past their fair value, we can also find companies potentially trading at bargain prices. While many investors would rather have nothing to do with companies tipping the scales at 52-week lows, I think it makes a lot of sense to determine whether the market has overreacted to the downside, just as we often do when the market reacts to the upside.
Here’s a look at three fallen angels trading near their 52-week lows that could be worth buying.
This year has certainly been the year of going green, with anything solar or electric-vehicle-based shooting to the moon. The latest in a serious of rocket stocks is China’s Kandi Technolgies Corp. (NASDAQ:KNDI), which has basically doubled in just the past two weeks following the Chinese government’s approval of the company’s first all-electric sedan. Given the success of Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) in the U.S., many are suspecting that Kandi Technolgies Corp. (NASDAQ:KNDI) will be a surefire winner with Geely Automotive in its corner as a partner. As for me, I’m not as convinced.
The two companies are really nothing alike. Let’s be clear that I firmly believe both are significantly overvalued at their current levels, but at least Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) has the production capacity to hit a level (about 20,000 vehicles) where it can break even on an earnings basis. It’s also led by Elon Musk, truly an innovative CEO, known for his ability to generate cash flow and bring new ideas to the table.
Kandi Technolgies Corp. (NASDAQ:KNDI) Technologies looks like nothing more than wishful thinking at this stage of the game with the company focused on producing a fleet of rental vehicles for the middle-income Chinese citizen, not the same high-end clientele that Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) is after. Just yesterday shares soared on the announcement that it will manufacture 5,000 to 10,000 EVs initially in China. If Tesla Motors Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) serves as any reminder, glitches and manufacturing delays are common — as are higher-than-forecast expenses. With EV production expected to cause expenses to soar, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kandi Technolgies Corp. (NASDAQ:KNDI) burned through $10 million in free cash each quarter!
I fully understand the allure of EVs, but investors are a couple of years too early in buying into the concept, with the infrastructure and public understanding just not there.
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Ever since iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT) — a maker of robots for the government, industrial, and consumer sectors — revamped its marketing campaign, its share price has been off to the races. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say its Roomba vacuum is cleaning house of all short-sellers. However, if I’ve learned anything about iRobot over the years, it’s that the company is completely susceptible to the normal peaks and troughs that affect the tech replacement cycle.
iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT)’s most recent quarter was good and I certainly won’t take anything away from its $0.12 EPS beat. But it should be understood that iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT)’s beat came primarily from tighter expense controls rather than better sales and pricing. That could be a problem with a decent chunk of its revenue coming from the government. Most developed governments around the world are reducing their spending to curb high debt levels, which would bode poorly for iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT)’s future orders.
The company’s valuation is also a big concern. The problem with developing new technologies is that the R&D that goes into developing them, and the quickness with which they become comparatively obsolete, causes natural peaks and troughs in iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT)’s bottom line. That’s disconcerting, with iRobot Corporation (NASDAQ:IRBT)valued at a lofty 36 times forward earnings. There’s simply no amount of cleaning a Roomba can do to this valuation to make it appear attractive.