Despite the recent market turbulence, the FTSE 100 is less than 5% lower than it was six months ago.
However, a number of individual firms have been hit much harder than this, and the three firms Ill look at in this article have lost, on average, one-third of their market value since April.
Have these falls created any bargain buying opportunities?
Shares in Tullow Oil (LSE: TLW) peaked at 1,566p in February 2012 and have since fallen by 65%!
Ive always dismissed the companys shares as being too expensive for new buyers, but Im beginning to wonder whether that situation is changing.
Tullow has promising exploration assets in Gabon and Kenya and is currently developing previous discoveries in Ghana and Uganda. These could eventually add 280,000 barrels per day to Tullows gross production the potential for significant long-term cash flow growth is clear.
Tullows earnings per share are expected to rise by around 50% this year and next year, and if this rate of growth continues, Tullow could look seriously cheap at 525p.
Sports Direct International
Shares in Sports Direct International (LSE: SPD) have fallen by around 25% since April, but I suspect this sell-off may prove to be a longer-term buying opportunity.
Sports Directs earnings per share rose by 20% last year, and are expected to increase by 27% in 2014/15, and by at least 15% the following year.
Despite rapid UK and overseas growth, the firms net debt has halved since 2009, giving todays business net gearing of just 25%.
Sports Directs operating margin of 9% is impressive for a value retailer, making the shares forecast P/E of around 15 look fairly reasonable, in my view.
Kingfisher currently trades on a forecast P/E of 13, falling to less than 12 next year, and offers a decent prospective yield of 4%. Better still is the retailers balance sheet Kingfisher reported net cash of 496m during the first half of this year, and currently trades at just 1.1 times its book value.
In my view, investing in Kingfisher should carry limited downside, as demand for DIY goods should remain firm, whichever direction the housing market moves in, while Kingfishers strong balance sheet should prevent any nasty financial shocks.
I believe each of these three stocks could be a rewarding buy over the next few years, but I have to admit that I could be wrong: none of these companies were chosen by the Motley Fool’s top analysts for their latest wealth report, “5 Shares To Retire On“.
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Roland Head has no position in any shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tullow Oil. We Fools don’t all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.