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Why Investors Shouldn't Be Surprised By Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone Development Co.,Ltd.'s (SHSE:600663) P/E

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With a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 36.2x Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone Development Co.,Ltd. (SHSE:600663) may be sending bearish signals at the moment, given that almost half of all companies in China have P/E ratios under 29x and even P/E's lower than 18x are not unusual. However, the P/E might be high for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it's justified.

Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone DevelopmentLtd 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. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.

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SHSE:600663 Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry April 26th 2024
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Does Growth Match The High P/E?

Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone DevelopmentLtd's P/E ratio would be typical for a company that's expected to deliver solid growth, and importantly, perform better than the market.

If we review the last year of earnings, dishearteningly the company's profits fell to the tune of 16%. This means it has also seen a slide in earnings over the longer-term as EPS is down 77% in total over the last three years. Accordingly, shareholders would have felt downbeat about the medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Shifting to the future, estimates from the covering the company suggest earnings should grow by 54% over the next year. Meanwhile, the rest of the market is forecast to only expand by 34%, which is noticeably less attractive.

In light of this, it's understandable that Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone DevelopmentLtd's P/E sits above the majority of other companies. Apparently shareholders aren't keen to offload something that is potentially eyeing a more prosperous future.

The Key Takeaway

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.

As we suspected, our examination of Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone DevelopmentLtd'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. It's hard to see the share price falling strongly in the near future under these circumstances.

You need to take note of risks, for example - Shanghai Lujiazui Finance & Trade Zone DevelopmentLtd has 4 warning signs (and 2 which don't sit too well with us) we think you should know about.

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