PBA Infrastructure Limited (NSE:PBAINFRA) Not Doing Enough For Some Investors As Its Shares Slump 27%

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Simply Wall St
Published
July 23, 2021
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PBA Infrastructure Limited (NSE:PBAINFRA) shares have had a horrible month, losing 27% after a relatively good period beforehand. To make matters worse, the recent drop has wiped out a year's worth of gains with the share price now back where it started a year ago.

Since its price has dipped substantially, PBA Infrastructure may be sending bullish signals at the moment with its price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 12.6x, since almost half of all companies in India have P/E ratios greater than 24x and even P/E's higher than 54x are not unusual. However, the P/E might be low for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it's justified.

As an illustration, earnings have deteriorated at PBA Infrastructure over the last year, which is not ideal at all. One possibility is that the P/E is low because investors think the company won't do enough to avoid underperforming the broader market in the near future. 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.

Check out our latest analysis for PBA Infrastructure

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NSEI:PBAINFRA Price Based on Past Earnings July 24th 2021
Although there are no analyst estimates available for PBA Infrastructure, take a look at this free data-rich visualisation to see how the company stacks up on earnings, revenue and cash flow.

How Is PBA Infrastructure's Growth Trending?

In order to justify its P/E ratio, PBA Infrastructure would need to produce sluggish growth that's trailing the market.

If we review the last year of earnings, dishearteningly the company's profits fell to the tune of 56%. At least EPS has managed not to go completely backwards from three years ago in aggregate, thanks to the earlier period of growth. Accordingly, shareholders probably wouldn't have been overly satisfied with the unstable medium-term growth rates.

This is in contrast to the rest of the market, which is expected to grow by 27% over the next year, materially higher than the company's recent medium-term annualised growth rates.

In light of this, it's understandable that PBA Infrastructure's P/E sits below the majority of other companies. Apparently many shareholders weren't comfortable holding on to something they believe will continue to trail the bourse.

The Key Takeaway

The softening of PBA Infrastructure's shares means its P/E is now sitting at a pretty low level. 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 PBA Infrastructure 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.

Before you take the next step, you should know about the 5 warning signs for PBA Infrastructure (2 are a bit unpleasant!) that we have uncovered.

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