When close to half the companies in Malaysia have price-to-earnings ratios (or "P/E's") below 18x, you may consider N2N Connect Berhad (KLSE:N2N) as a stock to potentially avoid with its 22.5x 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.
N2N Connect Berhad certainly has been doing a good job lately as its earnings growth has been positive while most other companies have been seeing their earnings go backwards. The P/E is probably high because investors think the company will continue to navigate the broader market headwinds better than most. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.free report is a great place to start.
What Are Growth Metrics Telling Us About The High P/E?
The only time you'd be truly comfortable seeing a P/E as high as N2N Connect Berhad's is when the company's growth is on track to outshine the market.
If we review the last year of earnings growth, the company posted a terrific increase of 29%. Despite this strong recent growth, it's still struggling to catch up as its three-year EPS frustratingly shrank by 23% overall. Accordingly, shareholders would have felt downbeat about the medium-term rates of earnings growth.
Turning to the outlook, the next three years should generate growth of 12% per year as estimated by the lone analyst watching the company. That's shaping up to be materially lower than the 19% each year growth forecast for the broader market.
With this information, we find it concerning that N2N Connect Berhad 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. Only the boldest would assume these prices are sustainable as this level of earnings growth is likely to weigh heavily on the share price eventually.
The Bottom Line On N2N Connect Berhad's P/E
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.
We've established that N2N Connect Berhad currently trades on a much higher than expected P/E since its forecast growth is lower than the wider market. 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.
Having said that, be aware N2N Connect Berhad is showing 2 warning signs in our investment analysis, you should know about.
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