Investors Appear Satisfied With HSS Engineers Berhad's (KLSE:HSSEB) Prospects As Shares Rocket 25%

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Simply Wall St
Published
January 07, 2022
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HSS Engineers Berhad (KLSE:HSSEB) shareholders are no doubt pleased to see that the share price has bounced 25% in the last month, although it is still struggling to make up recently lost ground. Unfortunately, despite the strong performance over the last month, the full year gain of 4.8% isn't as attractive.

After such a large jump in price, HSS Engineers Berhad may be sending very bearish signals at the moment with a price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of 39.2x, since almost half of all companies in Malaysia have P/E ratios under 18x and even P/E's lower than 10x are not unusual. Although, it's not wise to just take the P/E at face value as there may be an explanation why it's so lofty.

HSS Engineers Berhad hasn't been tracking well recently as its declining earnings compare poorly to other companies, which have seen some growth on average. It might be that many expect the dour 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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KLSE:HSSEB Price Based on Past Earnings January 7th 2022
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Is There Enough Growth For HSS Engineers Berhad?

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

Retrospectively, the last year delivered a frustrating 34% decrease to the company's bottom line. The last three years don't look nice either as the company has shrunk EPS by 76% in aggregate. 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 104% as estimated by the dual analysts watching the company. With the market only predicted to deliver 18%, the company is positioned for a stronger earnings result.

With this information, we can see why HSS Engineers Berhad is trading at such a high P/E compared to the market. Apparently shareholders aren't keen to offload something that is potentially eyeing a more prosperous future.

The Key Takeaway

The strong share price surge has got HSS Engineers Berhad's P/E rushing to great heights as well. 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.

We've established that HSS Engineers Berhad maintains its high P/E on the strength of its forecast growth being higher than the wider market, as expected. Right now shareholders are comfortable with the P/E as they are quite confident future earnings aren't under threat. Unless these conditions change, they will continue to provide strong support to the share price.

Having said that, be aware HSS Engineers Berhad is showing 3 warning signs in our investment analysis, you should know about.

If P/E ratios interest you, you may wish to see this free collection of other companies that have grown earnings strongly and trade on P/E's below 20x.

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