1 Growth Stock Down 25% to Buy Right Now

This TSX growth stock might be the perfect investment if you’re on the hunt for substantial long-term wealth growth.

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Investing in growth stocks can be an excellent strategy to boost your portfolio’s value, so long as you have balanced it well. Allocating investment capital to growth stocks can deliver substantial returns faster than with many well-established blue-chip stocks. However, the high reward comes with the potential of high risk.

While many growth stocks offer returns that beat the broader market by massive margins, several of them also deliver losses to suit. That said, being careful when choosing growth stocks for your portfolio can work wonders for your long-term financial goals. Identifying and investing in TSX stocks with the potential to deliver solid long-term growth can be very rewarding.

To this end, Shopify (TSX:SHOP) seemed like the perfect candidate that could do no wrong for a while after its initial public offering (IPO). Then, the tech bubble burst, and Shopify went down with it. As of this writing, Shopify stock is down 25% from its 52-week high and over 57% from its all-time high.

While the downturn seems alarming, it might be the right holding to consider for your portfolio today.

The blue-eyed TSX darling tech stock

Since its IPO, Shopify stock kicked off a rapid upward rally on the stock market. Within three years, it blew past Royal Bank of Canada as the largest TSX stock by market capitalization.

The multinational e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa experienced unprecedented growth, largely due to the pandemic. Businesses worldwide needed to establish or grow their online presence, and providers like Shopify were there to fulfill that demand.

As the leading e-commerce platform provider, Shopify greatly benefitted from the surge in demand for e-commerce solutions. Its user base and revenue grew rapidly, leading to a completely unexpected growth in share prices. Social distancing and lockdowns forced consumers to continue shopping online throughout the pandemic.

The fall from grace

Once the world began moving into a post-pandemic era, it became clear that Shopify’s growth was unsustainable. While many people still buy online, consumer behaviour has rebalanced to a large degree. Shopufy’s growth rates decelerated, and many investors pulled out. Accompanied by a pullback in the tech sector and a harsh broader economic environment, share prices decreased much further.

As of this writing, Shopify stock trades for $91.91 per share, reflecting a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 67.57. While it is still expensive after the decline, it might be arguably undervalued, considering future growth potential.

Why it might be a good buy

Regardless of where the economy heads in the next couple of years, Shopify is a company with solid trends that support its core business. The company still boasts a good business model with its Software-as-a-Service approach. Even though consumer trends have rebalanced, the e-commerce industry is expected to grow worldwide.

Shopify has become a profitable company, delivering several quarters of positive earnings. Despite being expensive, the stock undoubtedly has investor sentiment backing it. Analysts anticipate that Shopify will continue to capture a bigger share of the growing industry.

Foolish takeaway

The fact that Shopify is an established business providing infrastructure for an industry slated to grow significantly over the years makes it an attractive investment to consider. While broader economic factors being unfavourable still can trigger selloffs in the near term, the business has several high-margin verticals that should help its fundamentals in the long run.

As long as Shopify doesn’t stagnate and continues to innovate and expand, it might be an excellent bet for long-term, growth-seeking investors.

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

Fool contributor Adam Othman has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Shopify. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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