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3 ASX shares at 52-week lows: Time to buy?

The local share market may be on a strong run this week, but the same cannot be said for the three ASX shares listed below.

These shares fell to 52-week lows or worse on Thursday. Is this a buying opportunity for investors?

The Class Ltd (ASX: CL1) share price tumbled to an all-time low of $1.26 yesterday following the release of its quarterly update. Its shares were hit hard after it revealed that it added just 1,760 accounts to its SMSF platform during the December quarter to bring its total to 174,212 accounts. Management blamed the slow growth on regulatory uncertainty, increased competition, and a lower than average number of average accounts per new customer. I don’t expect trading conditions to get easier for Class in the coming quarters, which could make it one to avoid.

The Costa Group Holdings Ltd (ASX: CGC) share price crashed to a 52-week low of $4.40 on Thursday after the horticulture company released a surprise profit warning just a little over six weeks after its last update. Costa advised that it experienced subdued demand for tomatoes, berries, and avocados in December and things have not been much better in January. As a result, management advised that it expects to fall short of its calendar year 2018 guidance and warned that if conditions don’t improve then earnings for the 12 months to June 2019 would be flat. Previous guidance was for low double-digit earnings growth. While its shares look reasonably attractive at 20x earnings, I’m going to hold fire until its performance improves.

The Paragon Care Ltd (ASX: PGC) share price dropped to a 52-week low of 60 cents yesterday. The medical device, equipment, and product distributor’s shares have come under pressure in recent weeks after its AGM update revealed that its organic growth year to date had fallen short of expectations. The report also advised that operating costs were running at around 30% of revenue for the first four months compared to its target of 26%. While this update was disappointing, I think its organic growth of 7% makes its shares good value at just 11x trailing earnings.

Motley Fool contributor James Mickleboro has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of and has recommended COSTA GRP FPO. The Motley Fool Australia owns shares of Class Limited. The Motley Fool Australia has recommended Paragon Care Limited. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Scott Phillips.

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