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Bids for Kansas Metropolis Southern present bargains stay in market

The Bidding war for railway operators Kansas City South shows that investors can still find undervalued stocks in the market, CNBCs Jim Cramer said Wednesday.

The “Bad money” The host said he understood those concerned about a generally frothy environment and pointed to the exploding interest in cryptocurrency Dogecoin, NFTs and SPACs in the last few months.

“But every time I worry about the craziness, it reminds us that stocks may be a lot cheaper than you think, at least for other companies willing to pay for the whole company, even if you are do not do.” “Said Cramer.

Take a look at the competing bids for Kansas City Southern, he said.

On Tuesday, Canadian National Railway announced his Offer to purchase Kansas City Southern in a deal that valued the company at $ 325 a share.

That is higher than a The planned transaction was announced late last month from the rival Canadian PacificThe company had then signed a stock and cash agreement with Kansas City Southern that valued the Missouri-based company at $ 275 per share.

While Canadian Pacific criticized the Canadian Nation’s “unsolicited offer” Cramer said the situation offers equity investors a lesson in analyzing the market.

A Kansas City Southern (KSC) Railway locomotive travels through Knoche Yard in Kansas City, Missouri on Tuesday, January 7, 2020.

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Kansas City Southern, with its exposure to Mexico and the country’s auto industry, has a really important business that has apparently been overlooked, Cramer said.

“The market was clearly completely wrong about this – otherwise you would have received not one but two large tender offers,” said Cramer. “That shows you that before the first offer from the Canadian Pacific, Kansas City Southern was massively undervalued. And yes, I think the other railroad operators have a better understanding of what KSU is worth than Wall Street.”

It’s important not to extrapolate too much, warned Cramer. “That doesn’t mean every company is a bargain. Some of them are too big to buy, others are really too expensive,” he said, while adding antitrust concerns will get in the way of other deals.

At the same time he claimed, “There are many companies like Kansas City Southern.”

“This deal makes you think about it the next time you hear someone whine about how expensive stocks are,” said Cramer. “Sometimes companies in the same industry are willing to pay a lot more for a stock than the market. I think that’s a very encouraging sign. So don’t be discouraged when so many people insist on buying what you believe.” that they have it. ” no value at all. “