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3 Growth Stocks Trading at Value Prices

You may think it’s impossible to find growth stocks trading at value prices, but you can. If you know where to look.

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The S&P 500 is up 20% year to date, and it appears we are in the midst of another bull market (which makes finding growth stocks at value prices harder, but not impossible).

The strong start to the year has been driven by the S&P 500’s largest stocks. As shown below, the 10 largest stocks represent 31.7% of the market capitalization in the S&P 500.

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But those 10 largest stocks are quite expensive and represent just 21.5% of the S&P 500’s earnings.

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I don’t want to fight the tape, but it’s also hard for me to chase the rally.

After all, the U.S. looks expensive.

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In particular, the largest stocks look the most expensive.

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And we know that large-cap stocks have historically underperformed their smaller counterparts.

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So the obvious alternative is to buy small and micro-cap stocks.

Usually, when you buy “cheap” stocks you have to sacrifice growth potential.

But that is not the case with micro-cap stocks.

Today I’m going to share 3 highly compelling “growth” companies that are trading at “value” prices.

3 Compelling “Growth” Stocks at “Value” Prices

IDT Corp (IDT)

IDT Corporation is a mini-conglomerate run by Howard Jonas, one of the best value creators in the world.

IDT’s strategy is very similar to IAC’s. It uses the cash flow that its legacy telecom business to create and nurture new businesses. Once those businesses are mature, they are set free I the public markets.

Since 2009, IDT has spun off 5 subsidiaries and has created billions in shareholder value.

The company is incubating two rapidly growing businesses: National Retail Solutions and net2phone.

National Retail Solutions is a point-of-sale network with 23,000+ terminals.

The target customer for the point-of-sale terminals is the owner of a convenience store. The terminal will help the customer more efficiently manage his/her store.

NRS is EBITDA positive and has grown recurring revenue at a 113% CAGR over the past 4 years.

Net2phone is IDT’s other growth business.

It is also EBITDA positive and growing 20%+ on an annual basis.

Despite these high-growth assets, the stock trades at just 5.8x EBITDA.

Medexus (MEDXF)

Medexus is a specialty pharma company that just reported a blowout quarter.

Revenue grew 41% y/y while adjusted EBITDA grew over 100% to $4.8MM.

Despite phenomenal growth, the stock trades at just 7x forward earnings, an EV to forward revenue of 0.6x, and an EV to forward EBITDA of 3.8x.

Finally, insider ownership is high ensuring that shareholders are aligned with management.

What’s the catch?

The company has a convertible debenture that comes due in October.

If Medexus has to repay the debenture in shares, dilution will be significant.

Luckily, Medexus is generating significant cash and expects to have $20MM of cash available to repay the debentures and also has a credit facility for $20MM that it can potentially utilize. Finally, Medexus has been buying back its debentures in the open market.

2seventy bio (TSVT)

2seventy bio is a rare biotech.

It is well funded with over $300MM of cash on its balance sheet (no debt) and has a rapidly growing drug (+100% y/y) that could hit peak sales of $3BN.

Despite this attractive setup, the stock trades at just 1.7x revenue. Biotechs generally trade between 3x and 10x revenue.

I’m betting its cheap valuation won’t last for long.

An obscure tax rule in the U.S. prevents tax-free spin-offs (2seventy bio was spun out of bluebird bio) from being acquired for two years. 2seventy bio’s two-year anniversary will pass in November 2023, and at that time, I expect M&A rumors to heat up.

While it might be tough to find growth stocks at value prices in a bull market, I like the look of all three of these. To find out which small-cap stocks I like best, consider subscribing to Cabot Micro-Cap Insider today.


Rich is a trained economist and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). He has researched and invested in stocks for more than 20 years and has become a recognized expert in micro-cap stock investing. He started his career at investment advisory firm Eaton Vance where he covered a wide range of sectors including software and internet, financials, and health care.