Does Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Limited’s (NSE:CHOLAFIN) Stock Price Account For Its Growth?

Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company Limited (NSE:CHOLAFIN) is considered a high growth stock. However its last closing price of ₹1458.4 left investors wondering whether this growth has already been factored into the share price. Let’s take a look at some key metrics to determine whether there’s any value here for current and potential future investors.

View our latest analysis for Cholamandalam Investment and Finance

Where’s the growth?

Cholamandalam Investment and Finance’s growth potential is very attractive. The consensus forecast from 14 analysts is extremely positive with earnings per share estimated to rise from today’s level of ₹62.407 to ₹113.24 over the next three years. This indicates an estimated earnings growth rate of 17.4% per year, on average, which signals a market-beating outlook in the upcoming years.

Is CHOLAFIN’s share price justifiable by its earnings growth?

CHOLAFIN is trading at price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 23.39x, which suggests that Cholamandalam Investment and Finance is overvalued based on current earnings compared to the consumer finance industry average of 23.01x , and overvalued compared to the IN market average ratio of 20.32x . This multiple is a median of profitable companies of 25 Consumer Finance companies in IN including Wall Street Finance, SI Capital & Financial Services and Transcorp International.

NSEI:CHOLAFIN PE PEG Gauge August 27th 18
NSEI:CHOLAFIN PE PEG Gauge August 27th 18

After looking at CHOLAFIN’s value based on current earnings, we can see it seems overvalued relative to other companies in the industry. But, since Cholamandalam Investment and Finance is a high-growth stock, we must also account for its earnings growth by using calculation called the PEG ratio. A PE ratio of 23.39x and expected year-on-year earnings growth of 17.4% give Cholamandalam Investment and Finance a higher PEG ratio of 1.35x. This means that, when we account for Cholamandalam Investment and Finance’s growth, the stock can be viewed as slightly overvalued , based on its fundamentals.

What this means for you:

CHOLAFIN’s current overvaluation could signal a potential selling opportunity to reduce your exposure to the stock, or it you’re a potential investor, now may not be the right time to buy. However, basing your investment decision off one metric alone is certainly not sufficient. There are many things I have not taken into account in this article and the PEG ratio is very one-dimensional. If you have not done so already, I urge you to complete your research by taking a look at the following:

  1. Financial Health: Are CHOLAFIN’s operations financially sustainable? Balance sheets can be hard to analyze, which is why we’ve done it for you. Check out our financial health checks here.
  2. Past Track Record: Has CHOLAFIN been consistently performing well irrespective of the ups and downs in the market? Go into more detail in the past performance analysis and take a look at the free visual representations of CHOLAFIN’s historicals for more clarity.
  3. Other High-Performing Stocks: Are there other stocks that provide better prospects with proven track records? Explore our free list of these great stocks here.

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