Some Confidence Is Lacking In CE Info Systems Ltd. (NSE:MAPMYINDIA) As Shares Slide 29%

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Simply Wall St
Published
May 12, 2022
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CE Info Systems Ltd. (NSE:MAPMYINDIA) shares have had a horrible month, losing 29% after a relatively good period beforehand. Longer-term shareholders will rue the drop in the share price, since it's now virtually flat for the year after a promising few quarters.

Although its price has dipped substantially, CE Info Systems' price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 74.1x might still make it look like a strong sell right now compared to the market in India, where around half of the companies have P/E ratios below 20x and even P/E's below 10x are quite common. However, the P/E might be quite high for a reason and it requires further investigation to determine if it's justified.

With earnings growth that's superior to most other companies of late, CE Info Systems has been doing relatively well. The P/E is probably high because investors think this strong earnings performance will continue. If not, then existing shareholders might be a little nervous about the viability of the share price.

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NSEI:MAPMYINDIA Price Based on Past Earnings May 12th 2022
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Is There Enough Growth For CE Info Systems?

CE Info Systems' P/E ratio would be typical for a company that's expected to deliver very strong growth, and importantly, perform much better than the market.

Retrospectively, the last year delivered an exceptional 64% gain to the company's bottom line. The latest three year period has also seen an excellent 85% overall rise in EPS, aided by its short-term performance. So we can start by confirming that the company has done a great job of growing earnings over that time.

Looking ahead now, EPS is anticipated to climb by 2.3% during the coming year according to the one analyst following the company. With the market predicted to deliver 22% growth , the company is positioned for a weaker earnings result.

With this information, we find it concerning that CE Info Systems is trading at a P/E higher than the market. Apparently many investors in the company are way more bullish than analysts indicate and aren't willing to let go of their stock at any price. There's a good chance these shareholders are setting themselves up for future disappointment if the P/E falls to levels more in line with the growth outlook.

The Final Word

Even after such a strong price drop, CE Info Systems' P/E still exceeds the rest of the market significantly. Typically, we'd caution against reading too much into price-to-earnings ratios when settling on investment decisions, though it can reveal plenty about what other market participants think about the company.

Our examination of CE Info Systems' analyst forecasts revealed that its inferior earnings outlook isn't impacting its high P/E anywhere near as much as we would have predicted. When we see a weak earnings outlook with slower than market growth, we suspect the share price is at risk of declining, sending the high P/E lower. This places shareholders' investments at significant risk and potential investors in danger of paying an excessive premium.

Don't forget that there may be other risks. For instance, we've identified 1 warning sign for CE Info Systems that you should be aware of.

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