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Unpleasant Surprises Could Be In Store For Stampede Drilling Inc.'s (CVE:SDI) Shares
There wouldn't be many who think Stampede Drilling Inc.'s (CVE:SDI) price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 12.7x is worth a mention when the median P/E in Canada is similar at about 11x. 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 exceedingly strong of late, Stampede Drilling has been doing very well. It might be that many expect the strong earnings performance to wane, which has kept the P/E from rising. If you like the company, you'd be hoping this isn't the case so that you could potentially pick up some stock while it's not quite in favour.
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How Is Stampede Drilling's Growth Trending?
There's an inherent assumption that a company should be matching the market for P/E ratios like Stampede Drilling's to be considered reasonable.
If we review the last year of earnings growth, the company posted a terrific increase of 486%. However, the latest three year period hasn't been as great in aggregate as it didn't manage to provide any growth at all. So it appears to us that the company has had a mixed result in terms of growing earnings over that time.
Weighing that recent medium-term earnings trajectory against the broader market's one-year forecast for expansion of 5.0% shows it's noticeably less attractive on an annualised basis.
In light of this, it's curious that Stampede Drilling's P/E sits in line with the majority of other companies. It seems most investors are ignoring the fairly limited recent growth rates and are willing to pay up for exposure to the stock. They may be setting themselves up for future disappointment if the P/E falls to levels more in line with recent 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.
We've established that Stampede Drilling currently trades on a higher than expected P/E since its recent three-year growth is lower than the wider market forecast. When we see weak earnings with slower than market growth, we suspect the share price is at risk of declining, sending the moderate P/E lower. Unless the recent medium-term conditions improve, it's challenging to accept these prices as being reasonable.
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Stampede Drilling Inc. provides drilling rig services for the oil and natural gas industry in North America.
Exceptional growth potential and undervalued.