There wouldn’t be many who think CSC Financial Co., Ltd.’s (HKG:6066) price-to-earnings (or “P/E”) ratio of 11.1x is worth a mention when the median P/E in Hong Kong is similar at about 10x. However, investors might be overlooking a clear opportunity or potential setback if there is no rational basis for the P/E.
With earnings growth that’s superior to most other companies of late, CSC Financial has been doing relatively well. It might be that many expect the strong earnings performance to wane, which has kept the P/E from rising. If not, then existing shareholders have reason to be feeling optimistic about the future direction of the share price.free report on CSC Financial will help you uncover what’s on the horizon.
Does Growth Match The P/E?
There’s an inherent assumption that a company should be matching the market for P/E ratios like CSC Financial’s to be considered reasonable.
Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 120% gain to the company’s bottom line. The strong recent performance means it was also able to grow EPS by 58% in total over the last three years. Therefore, it’s fair to say the earnings growth recently has been superb for the company.
Looking ahead now, EPS is anticipated to climb by 6.4% per annum during the coming three years according to the seven analysts following the company. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is forecast to expand by 15% per annum, which is noticeably more attractive.
With this information, we find it interesting that CSC Financial is trading at a fairly similar P/E to the market. Apparently many investors in the company are less bearish than analysts indicate and aren’t willing to let go of their stock right now. Maintaining these prices will be difficult to achieve as this level of earnings growth is likely to weigh down the shares eventually.
The Final Word
Generally, our preference is to limit the use of the price-to-earnings ratio to establishing what the market thinks about the overall health of a company.
We’ve established that CSC Financial currently trades on a higher than expected P/E since its forecast growth is lower than the wider market. When we see a weak earnings outlook with slower than market growth, we suspect the share price is at risk of declining, sending the moderate P/E lower. Unless these conditions improve, it’s challenging to accept these prices as being reasonable.
Plus, you should also learn about these 2 warning signs we’ve spotted with CSC Financial (including 1 which is a bit concerning).
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