Sinqia S.A.'s (BVMF:SQIA3) P/E Is Still On The Mark Following 26% Share Price Bounce

Simply Wall St
April 12, 2022
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Sinqia S.A. (BVMF:SQIA3) shares have continued their recent momentum with a 26% gain in the last month alone. But not all shareholders will be feeling jubilant, since the share price is still down a very disappointing 18% in the last twelve months.

Since its price has surged higher, Sinqia may be sending very bearish signals at the moment with a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 79x, since almost half of all companies in Brazil have P/E ratios under 9x and even P/E's lower than 5x 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.

With earnings growth that's superior to most other companies of late, Sinqia has been doing relatively well. The P/E is probably high because investors think this strong earnings performance will continue. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.

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BOVESPA:SQIA3 Price Based on Past Earnings April 12th 2022
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What Are Growth Metrics Telling Us About The High P/E?

Sinqia'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.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 279% gain to the company's bottom line. The latest three year period has also seen an excellent 307% overall rise in EPS, aided by its short-term performance. Accordingly, shareholders would have probably welcomed those medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Turning to the outlook, the next year should generate growth of 69% as estimated by the five analysts watching the company. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is forecast to only expand by 11%, which is noticeably less attractive.

In light of this, it's understandable that Sinqia's P/E sits above the majority of other companies. It seems most investors are expecting this strong future growth and are willing to pay more for the stock.

The Key Takeaway

The strong share price surge has got Sinqia's P/E rushing to great heights as well. 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.

As we suspected, our examination of Sinqia's analyst forecasts revealed that its superior earnings outlook is contributing to its high P/E. Right now shareholders are comfortable with the P/E as they are quite confident future earnings aren't under threat. Unless these conditions change, they will continue to provide strong support to the share price.

Having said that, be aware Sinqia is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, you should know about.

Of course, you might also be able to find a better stock than Sinqia. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that sit on P/E's below 20x and have grown earnings strongly.

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