HIVE Blockchain Technologies Ltd. (CVE:HIVE) shareholders won't be pleased to see that the share price has had a very rough month, dropping 30% and undoing the prior period's positive performance. Instead of being rewarded, shareholders who have already held through the last twelve months are now sitting on a 49% share price drop.
After such a large drop in price, HIVE Blockchain Technologies may be sending very bullish signals at the moment with its price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 4.2x, since almost half of all companies in Canada have P/E ratios greater than 13x and even P/E's higher than 29x are not unusual. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the highly reduced P/E.
With earnings growth that's superior to most other companies of late, HIVE Blockchain Technologies has been doing relatively well. One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think this strong earnings performance might be less impressive moving forward. 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 out of favour.free report on HIVE Blockchain Technologies will help you uncover what's on the horizon.
How Is HIVE Blockchain Technologies' Growth Trending?
The only time you'd be truly comfortable seeing a P/E as depressed as HIVE Blockchain Technologies' is when the company's growth is on track to lag the market decidedly.
Taking a look back first, we see that the company grew earnings per share by an impressive 367% last year. 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.
Turning to the outlook, the next year should bring diminished returns, with earnings decreasing 23% as estimated by the three analysts watching the company. Meanwhile, the broader market is forecast to expand by 13%, which paints a poor picture.
With this information, we are not surprised that HIVE Blockchain Technologies is trading at a P/E lower than the market. Nonetheless, there's no guarantee the P/E has reached a floor yet with earnings going in reverse. There's potential for the P/E to fall to even lower levels if the company doesn't improve its profitability.
The Final Word
Shares in HIVE Blockchain Technologies have plummeted and its P/E is now low enough to touch the ground. Using the price-to-earnings ratio alone to determine if you should sell your stock isn't sensible, however it can be a practical guide to the company's future prospects.
As we suspected, our examination of HIVE Blockchain Technologies' analyst forecasts revealed that its outlook for shrinking earnings is contributing to its low P/E. Right now shareholders are accepting the low P/E as they concede future earnings probably won't provide any pleasant surprises. Unless these conditions improve, they will continue to form a barrier for the share price around these levels.
Before you take the next step, you should know about the 4 warning signs for HIVE Blockchain Technologies (2 shouldn't be ignored!) that we have uncovered.
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