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BR Properties S.A.'s (BVMF:BRPR3) Business Is Trailing The Market But Its Shares Aren't

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When close to half the companies in Brazil have price-to-earnings ratios (or "P/E's") below 16x, you may consider BR Properties S.A. (BVMF:BRPR3) as a stock to potentially avoid with its 20.7x P/E ratio. Although, it's not wise to just take the P/E at face value as there may be an explanation why it's lofty.

BR Properties hasn't been tracking well recently as its declining earnings compare poorly to other companies, which have seen some growth on average. One possibility is that the P/E is high because investors think this poor earnings performance will turn the corner. If not, then existing shareholders may be extremely nervous about the viability of the share price.

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BOVESPA:BRPR3 Price Based on Past Earnings April 12th 2021
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Is There Enough Growth For BR Properties?

There's an inherent assumption that a company should outperform the market for P/E ratios like BR Properties' to be considered reasonable.

Taking a look back first, the company's earnings per share growth last year wasn't something to get excited about as it posted a disappointing decline of 44%. The last three years don't look nice either as the company has shrunk EPS by 46% in aggregate. Therefore, it's fair to say the earnings growth recently has been undesirable for the company.

Shifting to the future, estimates from the six analysts covering the company suggest earnings should grow by 13% per annum over the next three years. With the market predicted to deliver 18% growth per annum, the company is positioned for a weaker earnings result.

With this information, we find it concerning that BR Properties is trading at a P/E higher than the market. Apparently many investors in the company are way more bullish than analysts indicate and aren't willing to let go of their stock at any price. Only the boldest would assume these prices are sustainable as this level of earnings growth is likely to weigh heavily on the share price eventually.

What We Can Learn From BR Properties' P/E?

While the price-to-earnings ratio shouldn't be the defining factor in whether you buy a stock or not, it's quite a capable barometer of earnings expectations.

We've established that BR Properties currently trades on a much 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 high P/E lower. This places shareholders' investments at significant risk and potential investors in danger of paying an excessive premium.

Plus, you should also learn about these 2 warning signs we've spotted with BR Properties.

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