Why Investors Shouldn't Be Surprised By Brack Capital Properties NV's (TLV:BCNV) Low P/E

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Simply Wall St
Published
November 15, 2021
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Brack Capital Properties NV's (TLV:BCNV) price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 7x might make it look like a strong buy right now compared to the market in Israel, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios above 16x and even P/E's above 25x are quite common. However, the P/E might be quite low for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it's justified.

Brack Capital Properties certainly has been doing a great job lately as it's been growing earnings at a really rapid pace. One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think this strong earnings growth might actually underperform the broader market in the near future. If that doesn't eventuate, then existing shareholders have reason to be quite optimistic about the future direction of the share price.

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TASE:BCNV Price Based on Past Earnings November 16th 2021
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Does Growth Match The Low P/E?

Brack Capital Properties' P/E ratio would be typical for a company that's expected to deliver very poor growth or even falling earnings, and importantly, perform much worse than the market.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 53% gain to the company's bottom line. Pleasingly, EPS has also lifted 53% in aggregate from three years ago, thanks to the last 12 months of growth. Therefore, it's fair to say the earnings growth recently has been superb for the company.

Weighing that recent medium-term earnings trajectory against the broader market's one-year forecast for expansion of 26% shows it's noticeably less attractive on an annualised basis.

In light of this, it's understandable that Brack Capital Properties' P/E sits below the majority of other companies. It seems most investors are expecting to see the recent limited growth rates continue into the future and are only willing to pay a reduced amount for the stock.

The Key Takeaway

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 Brack Capital Properties revealed its three-year earnings trends are contributing to its low P/E, given they look worse than current market expectations. At this stage investors feel the potential for an improvement in earnings isn't great enough to justify a higher P/E ratio. If recent medium-term earnings trends continue, it's hard to see the share price rising strongly in the near future under these circumstances.

And what about other risks? Every company has them, and we've spotted 3 warning signs for Brack Capital Properties (of which 2 are potentially serious!) you should know about.

If these risks are making you reconsider your opinion on Brack Capital Properties, explore our interactive list of high quality stocks to get an idea of what else is out there.

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