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Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C.'s (DSM:VFQS) Shareholders Might Be Looking For Exit

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With a median price-to-earnings (or "P/E") ratio of close to 14x in Qatar, you could be forgiven for feeling indifferent about Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C.'s (DSM:VFQS) P/E ratio of 14.8x. Although, it's not wise to simply ignore the P/E without explanation as investors may be disregarding a distinct opportunity or a costly mistake.

Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C's earnings growth of late has been pretty similar to most other companies. The P/E is probably moderate because investors think this modest earnings performance will continue. If this is the case, then at least existing shareholders won't be losing sleep over the current share price.

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DSM:VFQS Price to Earnings Ratio vs Industry February 19th 2024
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How Is Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C's Growth Trending?

The only time you'd be comfortable seeing a P/E like Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C's is when the company's growth is tracking the market closely.

If we review the last year of earnings growth, the company posted a worthy increase of 7.5%. Pleasingly, EPS has also lifted 192% in aggregate from three years ago, partly thanks to the last 12 months of growth. Accordingly, shareholders would have probably welcomed those medium-term rates of earnings growth.

Shifting to the future, estimates from the three analysts covering the company suggest earnings should grow by 4.3% per annum over the next three years. With the market predicted to deliver 9.0% growth per annum, the company is positioned for a weaker earnings result.

With this information, we find it interesting that Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C is trading at a fairly similar P/E to the market. It seems most investors are ignoring the fairly limited growth expectations and are willing to pay up for exposure to the stock. Maintaining these prices will be difficult to achieve as this level of earnings growth is likely to weigh down the shares eventually.

The Key Takeaway

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.

We've established that Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C currently trades on a higher than expected P/E since its forecast growth is lower than the wider market. Right now we are uncomfortable with the P/E as the predicted future earnings aren't likely to support a more positive sentiment for long. Unless these conditions improve, it's challenging to accept these prices as being reasonable.

You should always think about risks. Case in point, we've spotted 1 warning sign for Vodafone Qatar P.Q.S.C you should be aware of.

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