With a price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 53.7x Enma Al Rawabi Investment & Real Estate Development Company (TADAWUL:9521) may be sending very bearish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all companies in Saudi Arabia have P/E ratios under 28x and even P/E’s lower than 20x are not unusual. However, the P/E might be quite high for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it’s justified.
For example, consider that Enma Al Rawabi Investment & Real Estate Development’s financial performance has been poor lately as it’s earnings have been in decline. One possibility is that the P/E is high because investors think the company will still do enough to outperform the broader market in the near future. You’d really hope so, otherwise you’re paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.
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How Is Enma Al Rawabi Investment & Real Estate Development’s Growth Trending?
Enma Al Rawabi Investment & Real Estate Development’s P/E ratio would be typical for a company that’s expected to deliver very strong growth, and importantly, perform much better than the market.
If we review the last year of earnings, dishearteningly the company’s profits fell to the tune of 5.8%. This means it has also seen a slide in earnings over the longer-term as EPS is down 100% in total over the last three years. Therefore, it’s fair to say the earnings growth recently has been undesirable for the company.
Comparing that to the market, which is predicted to deliver 19% growth in the next 12 months, the company’s downward momentum based on recent medium-term earnings results is a sobering picture.
In light of this, it’s alarming that Enma Al Rawabi Investment & Real Estate Development’s P/E sits above the majority of other companies. It seems most investors are ignoring the recent poor growth rate and are hoping for a turnaround in the company’s business prospects. There’s a very good chance existing shareholders are setting themselves up for future disappointment if the P/E falls to levels more in line with the recent negative growth rates.
The Final Word
We’d say the price-to-earnings ratio’s power isn’t primarily as a valuation instrument but rather to gauge current investor sentiment and future expectations.
Our examination of Enma Al Rawabi Investment & Real Estate Development revealed its shrinking earnings over the medium-term aren’t impacting its high P/E anywhere near as much as we would have predicted, given the market is set to grow. Right now we are increasingly uncomfortable with the high P/E as this earnings performance is highly unlikely to support such positive sentiment for long. Unless the recent medium-term conditions improve markedly, it’s very challenging to accept these prices as being reasonable.
It is also worth noting that we have found 1 warning sign for Enma Al Rawabi Investment & Real Estate Development that you need to take into consideration.
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