The Price Is Right For Ebrains,Inc. (TYO:6599)

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Simply Wall St
Published
April 06, 2021
TSE:6599
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When close to half the companies in Japan have price-to-earnings ratios (or "P/E's") below 18x, you may consider Ebrains,Inc. (TYO:6599) as a stock to potentially avoid with its 25x P/E ratio. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the elevated P/E.

With earnings that are retreating more than the market's of late, EbrainsInc has been very sluggish. It might be that many expect the dismal earnings performance to recover substantially, which has kept the P/E from collapsing. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.

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JASDAQ:6599 Price Based on Past Earnings April 6th 2021
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How Is EbrainsInc's Growth Trending?

There's an inherent assumption that a company should outperform the market for P/E ratios like EbrainsInc's to be considered reasonable.

Taking a look back first, the company's earnings per share growth last year wasn't something to get excited about as it posted a disappointing decline of 15%. This means it has also seen a slide in earnings over the longer-term as EPS is down 27% in total over the last three years. So unfortunately, we have to acknowledge that the company has not done a great job of growing earnings over that time.

Turning to the outlook, the next year should generate growth of 28% as estimated by the only analyst watching the company. That's shaping up to be materially higher than the 15% growth forecast for the broader market.

In light of this, it's understandable that EbrainsInc's P/E sits above the majority of other companies. It seems most investors are expecting this strong future growth and are willing to pay more for the stock.

What We Can Learn From EbrainsInc's P/E?

Generally, our preference is to limit the use of the price-to-earnings ratio to establishing what the market thinks about the overall health of a company.

As we suspected, our examination of EbrainsInc'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.

It is also worth noting that we have found 1 warning sign for EbrainsInc that you need to take into consideration.

Of course, you might also be able to find a better stock than EbrainsInc. So you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that sit on P/E's below 20x and have grown earnings strongly.

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