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Tassal shares are down 20% in less than 3 months. Are they a buy today?

The Tassal Group Limited (ASX: TGR) share price has fallen roughly 20% since the beginning of August and now trades at around $4.10 per share. This share price fall coincides with Tassal raising capital through issuing shares, with the aim being to use the additional capital to fund an “accelerated prawn growth strategy”.

Tassal has issued shares on two recent occasions at prices above the current share price. In August, Tassal raised $108 million of capital through a share placement at $4.40 per share. In September, $17.4 million of capital was raised via a share purchase plan for existing shareholders. This was achieved at $4.16 per share.

Is Tassal’s strategy good for shareholders?

The information released by Tassal suggests that its prawn business could increase the return that Tassal is able generate for its shareholders. This is, in part, because prawn farming requires less ongoing capital expenditure and has quicker growth cycles than salmon farming. Based on this, accelerating the growth of its prawn business makes sense for Tassal and its shareholders.

Expanding more heavily into prawns also offers benefits to Tassal through diversification. Salmon farming, like all farming, has risks and by growing an alternative income stream Tassal will be less exposed to negative changes in this aspect of its business. This added diversification might make some risk-averse investors prefer to own Tassal shares as opposed to shares in Tassal’s competitor Huon Aquaculture Group Ltd (ASX: HUO).

Foolish takeaway

I like Tassal’s strategy to accelerate growth in its prawn business and believe that it will likely create value for shareholders. I also feel that strong demand for salmon and prawns will ensure that Tassal has a bright future. However, after only delivering a return on equity (ROE) of 10% each of the last two years, the current Tassal share price appears to me to be above intrinsic value. This is even after taking into account a potential boost to ROE in the coming years from prawn farming. Therefore, I wouldn’t recommend investing in TGR shares at this stage.

At a lower price I might be more inclined to invest in Tassal shares. A lower share price would offer protection against falling salmon and prawn prices or the failure of Tassal to realise an improvement in its return.

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