BIOMED-LUBLIN Wytwórnia Surowic i Szczepionek S.A. (WSE:BML) shareholders that were waiting for something to happen have been dealt a blow with a 48% share price drop in the last month. For any long-term shareholders, the last month ends a year to forget by locking in a 56% share price decline.
Even after such a large drop in price, given close to half the companies in Poland have price-to-earnings ratios (or "P/E's") below 11x, you may still consider BIOMED-LUBLIN Wytwórnia Surowic i Szczepionek as a stock to avoid entirely with its 66.5x P/E ratio. Nonetheless, we'd need to dig a little deeper to determine if there is a rational basis for the highly elevated P/E.
With earnings growth that's exceedingly strong of late, BIOMED-LUBLIN Wytwórnia Surowic i Szczepionek has been doing very well. The P/E is probably high because investors think this strong earnings growth will be enough to outperform the broader market in the near future. You'd really hope so, otherwise you're paying a pretty hefty price for no particular reason.free data-rich visualisation to see how the company stacks up on earnings, revenue and cash flow.
Does Growth Match The High P/E?
The only time you'd be truly comfortable seeing a P/E as steep as BIOMED-LUBLIN Wytwórnia Surowic i Szczepionek's is when the company's growth is on track to outshine the market decidedly.
Taking a look back first, we see that the company grew earnings per share by an impressive 102% last year. Still, incredibly EPS has fallen 50% in total from three years ago, which is quite disappointing. So unfortunately, we have to acknowledge that the company has not done a great job of growing earnings over that time.
This is in contrast to the rest of the market, which is expected to decline by 8.5% over the next year, or less than the company's recent medium-term annualised earnings decline.
With this information, it's strange that BIOMED-LUBLIN Wytwórnia Surowic i Szczepionek is trading at a higher P/E in comparison. In general, when earnings shrink rapidly the P/E premium often shrinks too, which could set up shareholders for future disappointment. Maintaining these prices will be extremely difficult to achieve as a continuation of recent earnings trends is likely to weigh down the shares eventually.
What We Can Learn From BIOMED-LUBLIN Wytwórnia Surowic i Szczepionek's P/E?
Even after such a strong price drop, BIOMED-LUBLIN Wytwórnia Surowic i Szczepionek's 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 BIOMED-LUBLIN Wytwórnia Surowic i Szczepionek revealed its sharp three-year contraction in earnings isn't impacting its high P/E anywhere near as much as we would have predicted, given the market is set to shrink less severely. Right now we are increasingly uncomfortable with the high P/E as this earnings performance is unlikely to support such positive sentiment for long. In addition, we would be concerned whether the company can even maintain its medium-term level of performance under these tough market conditions. Unless the company's relative performance improves markedly, it's very challenging to accept these prices as being reasonable.
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